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Trial begins in Spa City attack, attempted rape

Posted at: 05/21/2013 11:21 AM
Updated at: 05/21/2013 5:52 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

Antonio Lopez Bautista is accused of assault, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping.
Antonio Lopez Bautista is accused of assault, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Testimony is underway in the case of the 19-year-old illegal immigrant who is accused of trying to rape a 67-year-old woman.

Antonio Lopez Bautista is being tried on charges of assault, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping. He's accused of dragging the woman from a car, beating her and trying to rape her.

During opening arguments this morning, the prosecutor described in detail the horror the victim went through as she endured a three-minute attack near a Saratoga Springs restaurant.

Bautista's defense attorney called the incident "nothing short of a tragedy," and urged jurors to keep an open mind.