Jury begins deliberating in Metro Red Line rape case

ROCKVILLE, MD. -- Following a four-day trial, a jury has begun deliberation in a case of a man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint on a moving Red Line Metro train in 2016.

John Hicks, 40, faces first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, and first-degree assault charges for the Apr. 12, 2016.

Prosecutors alleged the events took place during the morning commute on a Red Line train as it traveled from the Fort Totten Metro station to the Glenmont Metro station, with the alleged rape happening near the Silver Spring station.

Prosecutors said dragged the victim to the back of a train car, attempted to rape her, and then forced her to perform oral sex.

Prosecutors made their case through the victim's testimony during the trial, the fact she picked Hicks from a photo lineup, video surveillance from the Glenmont Metro station that they said shows Hicks and the victim, and DNA evidence (including a tissue from the train car that prosecutors said had the blood of the victim and the sperm of Hicks on it).

Hicks' defense team argued that he is innocent and is being wrongly accused because of a bad identification and investigation.

The defense attorney pointed to the fact that when she picked Hicks out of a photo lineup, she was only 70% sure that it was him. Additionally, they said that many of the victim's descriptions of her attacker that she initially gave to police do not match Hicks.

The jury will resume deliberation on Tuesday.