New prosecutor assigned in rape trial

STEUBENVILLE – One of two special prosecutors assigned to the rape trial of two local city high school student-athletes has left the state attorney general’s office.

Jennifer Brumby has left the agency and will be replaced with another prosecutor to handle the case, according to Jill Del Greco, spokesperson for Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“(Brumby) left the attorney general’s office to take a job in the private sector,” said Del Greco, adding her leaving the agency had nothing to do with the coming trial of Trent Mays, 16, of Bloomingdale and Malik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville who are charged with the alleged crime.

The trial of the Steubenville High School student-athletes is set for Feb. 13 before visiting Judge Tom Lipps. The alleged rape of the underage girl allegedly occurred Aug. 11-12.

Del Greco said Brian Deckert had been assigned as special prosecutor along with Marianne Hemmeter. Special state prosecutors were assigned to the case after Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin recused herself and her office from involvement due to potential conflicts.

“(Brumby) and Hemmeter are associate assistant attorneys general,” said Del Greco.

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