The last high-profile criminal trial involving the Broncos arose from the tragic death of cornerback Darrent Williams. Former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, who apparently was the intended target of the bullets that killed Williams, gave emotional and compelling testimony regarding his role in the events of a New Year’s Eve gone very wrong.
Now, there’s a criminal trial involving a former Broncos cornerback who allegedly impregnated a woman who had passed out in his apartment on Labor Day Weekend in 2010. And another Broncos receiver is expected to be testifying.
This time around, Demaryius Thomas will be expected to incriminate Perrish Cox. But while Mike Klis of the Denver Post calls the anticipated testimony of Thomas a “bizarre twist” in the case, it’s actually a no-brainer. The police affidavit regarding the alleged crime (which was largely ignored by the national media because: (1) Cox isn’t a big-name player; (2) the lockout ended only a couple of days later; ans (3) Cox was cut before the season began) demonstrates that Thomas will a critical witness.
Thomas, after all, had been dating the alleged victim. She actually suspected for weeks after the incident that Thomas had raped her after she passed out.
More importantly, Thomas told police that he saw Cox carry the alleged victim, after she was passed out, to Cox’s bed. Thomas also said that Cox and Thomas then were lounging on a couch, and Cox eventually wanted Thomas “to do something sexual” with the alleged victim, but Thomas said he couldn’t because of the woman’s condition. Thomas told police he then fell asleep on the couch, woke up a little later, and left.
While the other evidence is fairly clear — Cox denied to police that he had sex with the woman but his DNA matched that of the fetus — the jury will want to hear the whole story. And there’s no way the whole story can be told without Thomas telling his version of it.
On Tuesday, the jury heard from the alleged victim. Broncos cornerback Cassius Vaughn and Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard may also be called to testify.