JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- A special grand jury investigating if additional laws were broken in the Steubenville teen rape case reconvened on Friday - but not for very long.
The 14-member panel met for approximately eight hours on Friday, then adjourned until Oct. 21, when they are expected to meet for a number of days. The grand jury is reviewing evidence and hearing testimony as part of a state-level investigation into still-unspecified felonies or misdemeanors connected to the case.
In March, a visiting judge found two Steubenville High School football players, Trenton Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, delinquent of raping a teenage girl in August 2012. Immediately after the two teens were sentenced, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the grand jury to be an "investigative tool" to probe other claims and questions that have dogged the case, such as whether anyone else knew about the rape and failed to report it.
Since April, jurors have taken intermittent breaks in proceedings to allow for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to analyze electronic evidence. Officials with the attorney general's office said they have also been interviewing witnesses and coordinating the schedules of everyone involved, which has caused delays in the proceedings.