Sexual assault, robbery trial starts

A Huntsville man denies charges of rape, sodomy, kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
Thursday, October 16, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Huntsville man pleaded not guilty to rape and abduction charges Wednesday at the Boone County Courthouse, claiming that the sexual activities were consensual.

On Jan. 23, Robert Dale Schlup, 47, was arrested on charges of one count each of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors allege that Schlup sexually assaulted Shellaine Frazier, 32, in her home on the night of Jan. 18, then drove her around rural Boone County and forced her to withdraw $200 from an ATM to give to him.

In her testimony to the jury, Frazier said that Schlup came to her home and asked to see the house because he was interested in purchasing it. When she allowed him in, he threatened her with a knife, forced her to undress and began kissing her.

Then, Frazier said, he told her to dress herself again, forced her into his car and drove around rural Boone County with her sitting on his lap.

She then testified that he took her back to her home, undressed her again, forced her to perform oral sex on him and forced sexual intercourse. She said that during these events, he twice injected an unknown drug into his arm.

According to Frazier, Schlup told her, “You’re going to make love to me.”

Afterward, she said, he drove her to a Columbia ATM, made her withdraw $200 for him and then drove her back to her home.

“I thought I was going to die,” Frazier said during her testimony.

In her opening statement to the jury, defense attorney Kathryn Benson said that any sexual activity that took place between Schlup and Frazier was consensual.

Benson said that when Schlup came into Frazier’s home, the two began talking about the house and repairs that needed to be done, drank a few beers together and soon engaged in “some type of consensual sexual activity.”

Benson said that they then drove to an ATM so Frazier could withdraw some money to pay him for repairs that they agreed he would make on her house.

Frazier said that on Jan. 18, she did not know the identity of her attacker, rather he identified himself only as “Bill.”

After analyzing videos taken by surveillance cameras at two gas stations that Frazier and her alleged attacker visited the night of the Jan. 18, according to prosecutors, police said they could identify the man as Schlup.

Schlup’s jury trial will continue today.

Abby Gresla contributed to this report.

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