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State rests in Colbert County teacher rape trial

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TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

On day three of the trial, the state has rested in the case of a teacher accused of having sex with a high school student.

Amanda Watkins, a former Sheffield middle school teacher, is charged with rape.

Colbert County investigators say they caught her in a car with her former student behind Covenant Christian School in Muscle Shoals in December of 2009.

She's since been fired from her job.

Wednesday testimony opened with the prosecution calling a nurse to the stand to testify about the night Watkins was brought to the hospital for a rape kit test.

The nurse stated that Watkins said she "did something wrong."

The defense then called the psychiatrist of Amanda Watkins. The witness testified that Watkins was diagnosed with having a major depressive disorder, PTSD, and Disassociate Identity disorder.  She also stated that she had bulimia which is in remission.

Closing arguments are expected to begin some time during Thursday's proceedings.

Days 1 and 2 of the Trial

The jury was seated Monday afternoon and opening statements began shortly after.

Tuesday attorneys were forced to go slightly out of order. The defense was allowed to call one of their witnesses to the stand due to their time schedule.

During that time a psychologist listed exactly what mental illnesses Amanda Watkins suffers from. Some of the illnesses include major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mixed personality disorder and several others.

Watkins sat in silence in the court room as the doctor discussed her disorders, and as the lead investigator talked about the case.

Watkins started to cry as he told the jury what happened in the car that night.

The victim's aunt said they are ready for this trial to be over so her family can move forward.

"She was wrong in what she did. I feel that she should be punished heavily, but that's not my decision. It's up to those 12 people in there to decide her fate and I hope it's what she deserves," said the aunt of the victim.

WAFF 48 News also spoke with Amanda Watkins' father at the trial.

"She needs help versus prison. What happened, happened because of her mental problems. She's going to have to have help and prison is not the answer. So many times we want to see people suffer in prison rather than giving them the help they need," said Watkins' father, Delmer Dubois.

WAFF 48 News has Marie Waxel in the courtroom and will continue to bring you the latest in this court case.


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