Fate of ex-player up to jury


A jury will decide the future of a pro-football player accused of drugging a woman so he and a friend could have sex with her in his North Charleston apartment.

Closing arguments are set for 10 a.m. Thursday in the trial of Jarriel King, 27, a former North Charleston High School and University of South Carolina lineman who played for the Seattle Seahawks until his arrest in 2012.

King's friend, Arthur Lee Denson-Holmes, is facing the same charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, although the defense is arguing for a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Both men said they had sex with the woman because she wanted to and denied drugging her.

The woman had a drug found in sleeping pills and cold medicine in her system, according to blood tests taken the day after she claimed she had been assaulted. An expert witness called by the defense testified that the level was too low to have been ingested the night she and the men had sex with her. The prosecution told the judge they will challenge the credibility of the witness.

The prosecution also displayed a text message sent from King's cellphone at 4:20 a.m. the morning of the incident, saying, "Let's get her sleepy."

King said he could not recall typing the message. "She didn't seem trashed to me," he said.

The woman told police she started feeling "lifeless" after drinking some sort of drink, according to the incident report. She said she told both King and Denson-Holmes to stop and they ignored her, police said.