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August 16, 2012 05:02 AM

Opening Statements Begin In SD Rape Trial

huron, sd

Opening statements start Thursday in the trial of a South Dakota bar owner accused of raping a 12-year-old girl and two 14-year-olds after serving them booze.

Prosecutors allege 35-year-old Werner Fajardo provided alcohol to the three girls at his El Cuervo bar in Huron and assaulted them. He's pleaded not guilty.

Testimony is expected to last through Friday.

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