Prosecution rests in home invasion trial

NORWICH – Court came to a close late Tuesday with the people resting their case against an accused home invader and rapist.

After hearing the testimony from six witnesses, which included the victim and alleged coconspirator in the crime, defense attorney Linden D. Summers said he could not tell the court if his client, Jonathan “Joe” Elwood, 30, of Ashcraft Road, Norwich, would testify in his own defense today.

The prosecution called the victim to the stand to describe her version of events that took place during the Dec. 4 attack. She had fallen asleep she said, sometime around 8:30 p.m. and was awaken by a “loud bang.” Not until moments later would she realize that the source of the noise was two men breaking down her front door. In statements given to police, Elwood reported his coconspirator, Stephen R. Ohl, 25, of Lawrence Road, Sherburne, was the one who entered the home first – but in Ohl’s confession to the court last Wednesday, he said it was Elwood.

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