A re-trial began Wednesday for Darrious Mathis, a Cobb County, Georgia man who was accused of kidnapping and carjacking a woman at a CVS before raping her.  Mathis’ defense team said  their client’s good looks partly explain why it was a consensual encounter.

Last year, a mistrial was declared after four days of deliberation after one member of the first jury refused to join 11 other jurors who believed that Mathis was guilty.

On Wednesday, the victim shared her story with a jury for the second time, reliving the night 2 1/2 years ago when her quick-post midnight stop at a CVS turned into a kidnapping ordeal.

“He had told me to get in the car and I actually begged him to take my car. I had pushed my wallet that was in my hand and my keys toward him and I was like ‘Please take my car. You can take my cards and everything,” she said.

The 24-year-old said she was abducted at gunpoint from an Austell CVS, driven into Atlanta, where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim said she tried to keep Mathis calm along the way.

“In my mind I figured that was the best way, instead of panicking and trying to get hurt,” the woman said.

According to Mathis, he was in the store’s parking lot only to sell pain pills and the victim was a buyer who agreed to go along for the ride.  Mathis’ attorneys also said he never held a gun.

“He walked up to her with a bottle of Vicodin and said, ‘Wanna buy some pills? She said, “Sure,” get in. We’ll go to the ATM,” said defense attorney Carter Clayton.

Mathis is expected to take the stand later this week.

He’s facing kidnapping, carjacking, assault and weapons charges.

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  • Kelly

    A person can think that they are so fine and get turned down. They could rape someone simply because they feel insulted that THEY would be turned down. Could be about ego. Definitely and ultimately about power!

  • African Woman

    Smh… We will never know the truth. But one things for sure… He ain’t all that chile. Boy, bye :-/

  • SayWhat

    To me the flip side of saying he’s too cute, is that you’re simultaneously saying she’s not cute enough.

    I remember a tv show episode where the guy was found not guilty because the woman he raped was nowhere near as attractive as the guy’s girlfriend, in the jury’s mind, it wasn’t just about the guy being attractive (he was), but it was about his ‘hot’ girlfriend and why he wouldn’t need to rape because he had a hot girl at home.

    Most people are physically attracted to the people they sleep with and for that reason they can’t get past that rape is not about sex, but about power, and like someone else said, a guy who is cute (this guys is NOT) will have even bigger anger issues when the below or average woman turns him down, let’s hope the jury sees through that.