An appeals court has reinstated charges against three men accused of raping a 14-year-old Long Beach girl in the back of a camper as they drove around the city's Westside in March, 1983.
In an eight-page opinion issued Tuesday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Long Beach Superior Court Judge John A. Arguelles should not have dismissed charges against the trio in January, 1984.
Long Beach Superior Court Judge Elsworth M. Beam had refused in September, 1983, to drop charges against Richard Allen Owensby, 26, Paul Greigo, 23, and Daniel Joseph Greigo, 26. But when the case came to trial four months later, Arguelles dismissed the charges because semen collected by a police surgeon after the rape was improperly handled and could not be used as evidence during a trial.
During a preliminary hearing in 1983, the girl said Owensby and the two Greigo brothers had raped her. Robert Kennedy, a Long Beach attorney representing Owensby, questioned the accuracy of the girl's testimony, noting that she was not wearing her glasses at the time of the rape. Because of that, Kennedy said the semen was invaluable evidence that would have proved that none of the men raped the girl.