A King County Superior Court jury will have to decide if D'Marco Mobley is a charming but violent manipulator or a young "pimp wannabe" who was so irritating that others conspired to get rid of him by having him shipped off to prison.
A King County Superior Court jury will decide if D’Marco Mobley is a charming but violent manipulator, or a young “pimp wannabe” who was so irritating that others conspired to get rid of him by having him shipped off to prison.
Mobley is facing eight criminal charges including rape, kidnapping, robbery, promoting prostitution, promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with his alleged pimping of three young women, including one who was a juvenile when she allegedly began prostituting for him.
The jury of eight men and four women will begin deliberations Friday morning after seven weeks of testimony before Judge Monica Benton. One of Mobley’s alleged victims, now 22, testified for nearly five days and described being forced into the trunk of a car for 28 hours after she refused to continue working for him.
Another of the alleged victims testified about a severe beating she endured and showed the spot on her scalp where her hair hasn’t grown back after it was ripped out.
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Mobley, who originally had planned to represent himself, regularly argued with his defense attorney, Phil Mahoney, during breaks and verbally sparred with Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey during his nearly three days on the stand.
Earlier this week, Mobley said “pimping” was the label the state placed on his activities, suggesting that one of the women was prostituting as a means to “contribute” to their relationship and help pay the bills.
Mobley later refused to answer questions posed by Richey or Mahoney, repeatedly saying “I don’t know” to their queries in a way that both sides later described as petulant.
In closing arguments Thursday, Richey said Mobley could be charming and funny, but then turn “mean, manipulative and at times, incredibly violent.”
The women who testified against him “really meant him no harm — they just wanted him to stop,” Richey said. Two of them “cared for him … despite the horrible things he’d do to them. They would stick with him and try to win his affection and approval.”
But Mahoney, pointing out that Mobley’s alleged victims were all prostitutes before they ever met the now-21-year-old, called his client “an advanced adolescent” and a “pimp wannabe” who has had “the book thrown at him.”
Though Mahoney admitted his client was guilty of two crimes — second-degree promoting prostitution and unlawful possession of a firearm — he suggested that the women’s emotional breakdowns on the stand were ploys for sympathy. “Tears will get you through a lot with a man,” he said, noting that a majority of the jurors are male.
“Trust me, he didn’t begin to irritate you as much as he irritated me, but that doesn’t mean he committed these crimes,” Mahoney told the jury.
Later, he suggested the women and their pimps hatched a plan to get Mobley in trouble with the law. “This is as good a way as any to get rid of him. Is that so incredible?” Mahoney asked.
On rebuttal, Richey fired back, pointing to the phone records, cellphone-tower data, surveillance videos and other evidence he said corroborated what the women had testified to.
“Look at the facts and evaluate whether you think these crimes occurred,” Richey said. If not, “cut him loose.”
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or email@example.com