After deliberating for three hours Wednesday, a jury convicted Turon resident Ricky A. Gadbury of raping a Dodge City woman over a year ago.

    The victim later told the Globe that she never doubted that the jury would find Gadbury guilty.

    "Ricky was caught in too many lies on the stand," she said.

    She said when the verdict was announced, she felt so relieved that she immediately started crying.

    The Globe does not routinely publish the names of sexual assault victims or provide information that might be used to identify them.


After deliberating for three hours Wednesday, a jury convicted Turon resident Ricky A. Gadbury of raping a Dodge City woman over a year ago.
    The victim later told the Globe that she never doubted that the jury would find Gadbury guilty.
    "Ricky was caught in too many lies on the stand," she said.
    She said when the verdict was announced, she felt so relieved that she immediately started crying.
    The Globe does not routinely publish the names of sexual assault victims or provide information that might be used to identify them.
    Gadbury, 49, was convicted of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated intimidation of a victim and misdemeanor theft. The charges stemmed from allegations that he had tied up the victim at her Dodge City apartment, raped her and threatened to kill her if she reported the rape to police. He was also accused of stealing the victim’s cell phone.
    The defense contended that the sex was consensual, and that the victim had made up the rape story to cause trouble for Gadbury because he was going to report her drug use to police.
    Gadbury will be sentenced after an investigation into his criminal history is completed, which could take up to 60 days. He could be ordered to serve up to 653 months in prison on the rape charge alone, depending on his previous record.
    Public defender Steve Cott declined to comment after the verdict was announced, and Assistant Ford County Attorney David Belling said he could not comment unless Ford County Attorney John Sauer authorized it.
    Gadbury's mother, Pat Gadbury of Turon, also declined to comment.

Closing arguments   
    During his closing argument, Belling said that Gadbury and the victim agreed on several elements of the case, including the fact that he had visited her apartment the night of Oct. 20, 2007, and that they had sex early the next morning. He said the two sides also agreed that Gadbury had tied the woman up and later released her.
    But he said the task of interpreting those facts, and of deciding whether the sex was consensual, was up to the jury.
    "There's a different version of those facts from each person, and that's what you're going to have to decide when you go back to the jury room today," Belling said.
    Cott's closing argument repeated his contention that any sex between his client and the woman — including bondage — was consensual. Cott also pointed out several inconsistencies in the woman’s story, such as the fact that no blood from her bondage wounds was visible in photographs of her bedroom.
    "I'm not saying she wasn't bound," Cott said. "Rick said they had bondage sex that night. But her story doesn't hold up."
    He said the woman had fabricated the rape because she was worried that Gadbury would report her drug use, and she had to get him out of her life.
    But Belling dismissed that theory of the case. He said the woman would not have endured the ordeal of reporting the rape, going to the hospital and testifying in court to support a made-up story.
    "Look at all the things she had to go through to make all this up," he said. "Are you going to put yourself through all that if you're not the victim of a crime?"
   
Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com. facts from each person, and that's what you're going to have to decide when you go back to the jury room today," Belling said.
    Cott's closing argument repeated his contention that any sex between his client and the woman — including bondage — was consensual. Cott also pointed out several inconsistencies in the woman’s story, such as the fact that no blood from her bondage wounds was visible in photographs of her bedroom.
    "I'm not saying she wasn't bound," Cott said. "Rick said they had bondage sex that night. But her story doesn't hold up."
    He said the woman had fabricated the rape because she was worried that Gadbury would report her drug use, and she had to get him out of her life.
    But Belling dismissed that theory of the case. He said the woman would not have endured the ordeal of reporting the rape, going to the hospital and testifying in court to support a made-up story.
    "Look at all the things she had to go through to make all this up," he said. "Are you going to put yourself through all that if you're not the victim of a crime?"
   
Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.