Everett Holloway, 52, of Seaside Heights is standing trial before Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels, charged with choking and raping a neighbor of his on Oct. 12, 2007.
Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Laura Pierro, in her opening statement to the jury, said Holloway went to the victim’s room at the Atlantic Motel in Seaside Heights to fix the door on her refrigerator. Once there, Holloway grabbed the victim, then 46, and choked her until she was unconscious, Pierro said. Then he raped her, the prosecutor alleged.
When the woman awoke, she ran naked from her room into the street, screaming for help, Pierro said.
Defense attorney William Smith told the jury that Holloway and the victim were friends, and that they had consensual sex.
Holloway is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and aggravated assault.
Holloway was released from South Woods State Prison on Aug. 9, 2007. He was serving a 20-year prison term there since 1983 for kidnapping and rape.
He was not in the state Megan’s Law registry because the prior sexual offense predated the enactment of Megan’s Law.