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Man brutally tortured, difigured, and raped graduate student for 19 hours. News Team

The victim was a white lady from a small town in Connecticut attending graduate school in New York City.

From ABC News…

The sexual assault described by the witness was only the beginning of what became 19 hours of torture in her apartment in the Hamilton Heights section of Upper Manhattan.

The attacker slit the woman’s eyelids with a knife, threw bleach into her eyes in an attempt to blind her and forced her to ingest a massive dose of painkillers that caused liver failure.

Williams, who has served eight years in prison for attempted murder, is charged with kidnapping, rape, arson, burglary and sexual assault in the attack. He has pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if convicted. On Friday, the judge refused to delay the trial because of the defendant’s absence from court.

Assistant District Attorney Ann Prunty told jurors in her opening statement Thursday that Williams violated the Columbia journalism student “in every way imaginable, and in some ways unimaginable.”

Prunty said Williams stopped the torture only after the victim _ who at one point tried to kill herself to end her suffering _ blacked out from hours of pain caused by knife wounds, boiling water, battering and sexual assaults.

“Then he could no longer feel power over another human being,” Prunty said.

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