The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 11, 2013

BREAKING: Limestone jury convicts Clem on 3 counts rape

By Jean Cole

ATHENS — An Athens man has been convicted of raping a family friend and babysitter on three separate ocassions dating back several years.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Limestone County jury found Austin Smith Clem, 25, guilty of two counts of second-degree rape and one count of first-degree rape involving the girl, who was 14 and 18 when the incidents occurred.

Clem’s trial began Monday in Circuit Court and continued through Wednesday afternoon. Jurors received the case about 4:10 p.m. after hearing closing arguments and instructions from Circuit Judge James Woodroof Jr.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jim Ayers Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Matt Huggins tried the case.

Athens defense attorney Dan Totten represented Clem.

For full coverage of the trial, go online to later tonight.