Alleged victim's relative testifies, crashes, burns.

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Bennie Lee Edwards Sr., a relative of the alleged victim, took the stand this afternoon for the state.

Like Simha Jamison and Peter Thomas, Edwards, a 44-year-old truck driver, testified that he'd watched the sex tape this morning and could positively identify the alleged victim and R. Kelly as the people on it. He too estimated the alleged victim was 13 or 14 at the time the tape was made.

He said his son was in a pop group with the alleged victim and two other relatives in the late 90s, and that they had toured extensively abroad. His son is now a musician in Lionel Ritchie's band, he said.

But Edwards also testified he'd been arrested for possession of crack cocaine earlier this year. He denied the crack was his his but said he was attending drug school.

And when defense attorney Ed Genson got the chance to cross examine him, things quickly got worse.

Under direct questioning from the state, Edwards claimed he had not seen the tape until today and that he had not wanted to. But quizzed by Genson, he eventually conceded that he had.

Asked who he had watched it with and who supplied the tape, he repeatedly responded, "I can't recall."

Edwards denied threatening R. Kelly when Kelly dropped Edwards' sister, Sparkle, from his record label.

But the damage was already done. Prosecutor Shauna Boliker let Edwards go without questioning him further.

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I guess the state thought they were two for two today with the relative and ex- hating best friend. Wrong if you didn't rock the boat with the crackish uncle you did. The boat really almost sank. Please choose your witnesses more careful. A crack head does not have the best memory or creditability to take the stand. His whole motive to me would be to destroy the man who ended his non- singing sister Sparkles career. Not a good move by the state to put someone on the stand with his own motive and not the best intrest of the supposed victim.

I just hope that R. Kelly's star atatus does not predict the outcome of this case. I'm sure that the girl whomever she is has been paid a pretty penny already and is satisfied with keeping her privacy as it is. Although, like many young girls and older women alike money can be a very inticing tool. If it is indeed R. Kelly by all means prosecute him to the full extent of the law.

I just hope that R. Kelly's star status does not predict the outcome of this case. I'm sure that the girl whomever she is has been paid a pretty penny already and is satisfied with keeping her privacy as it is. Although, like many young girls and older women alike money can be a very inticing tool. If it is indeed R. Kelly by all means prosecute him to the full extent of the law.

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