Trial for sexual assault in Dalzell begins at Sumter courthouse

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/24/18

The trial for Edward McElveen, 66, of Dalzell - charged for allegedly binding his neighbor with duct tape and sexually assaulting her in February 2016 - began on Monday at Sumter County Judicial Center with testimony from the victim and three …

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The trial for Edward McElveen, 66, of Dalzell - charged for allegedly binding his neighbor with duct tape and sexually assaulting her in February 2016 - began Monday at Sumter County Judicial Center with testimony from the victim and three witnesses after the fact.

McElveen was arrested on Feb. 22, 2016, for allegedly holding the victim against her will and sexually assaulting her twice - at her home and at his residence, both in Scenic Lake Mobile Home Park - during at 12-hour period between Feb. 21 and 22. He is charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felon in possession of a weapon, unlawful carry of a weapon and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

During a news conference after McElveen's arrest, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the victim and McElveen had been in an intimate relationship for about one year before the two separated about one month before the alleged assault.

"I did not consent," the victim testified on Tuesday. Her name has been omitted for her privacy. The victim said she was also held against her will.

She told the court the incident started when McElveen came to her residence asking for food. She gave him some leftovers, and he grabbed the door to her house and forced his way inside.

She said McElveen went to the restroom twice and returned to the living room the second time revealing a handgun and duct tape.

He then taped the victim's hands behind her back and put tape over her mouth, according to testimony.

The victim told the court she thought McElveen was playing a joke at that time because "he used to joke like that."

She said McElveen later showed her the gun and said it had two bullets: one for him and one for her.

After the alleged second assault, McElveen took the victim back to her home, kissed her and said he was sorry for hurting her, according to the victim. She said she then went to her room and fell asleep.

The three witnesses who testified were all employees of the mobile home park who saw the victim the morning after the alleged assault.

One of the park's maintenance employees said he saw the victim driving away from her house holding her jaw. Her face looked swollen and red like she had a toothache, he said.

The park's office manager said the victim was crying and had a wound on her mouth as she approached her that morning. She had duct tape on her wrist, she said.

Cpl. Andrew Gillette with Sumter County Sheriff's Office said he was the first on the scene and found the victim visibly upset with bruising and swelling on her face and duct tape on her left wrist.

The prosecution showed pictures of the victim's face where a cut was visible above the left side of her mouth, and a piece of silver duct tape was wrapped around her left wrist.

The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. today at Sumter County Judicial Center.