Trial on for 3 accused of girl’s rape while mom smoked meth

The trial has started for three men accused of raping a 9-year-old Utah girl while her mom was in the garage smoking methamphetamine.

Prosecutors told Thursday the men took her a back bedroom, held her down and assaulted her in 2016.

The girl testified the men threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the two attacks in rural Uintah County, which borders Colorado. She confided in her mother two days later.

Defense attorneys argue there’s no DNA or other physical proof against the men charged with child rape and sodomy: 38 -year-old Larson RonDeau, 28 -year-old Randall Flatlip and 31 -year-old Jerry Flatlip.

The defense tells child-welfare workers mishandled the interview with the girl and said her mother may have influenced her account.

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