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March 7, 2014

Opening statements begin in general's sex trial

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Prosecutors also have evidence Sinclair asked two female officers to send nude photos of themselves to him. By conceding his guilt, the defense lessens the relevance of the messages they exchanged. The primary accuser is the only one alleging assault.

"What remains of this case really rests on the damaged and tattered credibility of an individual who's not been truthful, who has lied before the court, who has given inconsistent statements," Scheff said outside the courthouse.

Lawyers for Sinclair have painted the woman as a scorned lover who only reported the sexual assault allegations after the general refused to leave his wife.

The defense will present evidence that the female captain lied under oath during a pretrial hearing in January about her handling of old iPhone containing messages between her and the general. The captain testified that on Dec. 9, shortly after what she described as a contentious meeting with prosecutors, she rediscovered the iPhone stored in a box.

However, a defense expert's examination suggested the captain powered up the device more than two weeks before the meeting with prosecutors.

The Associated Press generally does not identify those who say they were sexually assaulted.

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Biesecker reported from Raleigh, N.C. Follow him at www.twitter.com/mbieseck.

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