PASCO, Wash.-- More than five years later the trial for a man accused of raping his jail cell mate finally gets underway.
The prosecution plans to call 13 witnesses in this case. First up on Wednesday was David Webster's alleged victim questioned by the prosecution.
At one point the man took his shirt off to show some white supremacist tattoos, which Webster said provoked him when the alleged crime happened.
Webster, acting as his own attorney, also questioned his alleged victim about what happened that day.
"And you equally don't remember waiting for me on the stairs to ask me, 'Can you cell with me?'," said David Webster.
"That did not happen," said the alleged victim.
"You don't remember that?," said Webster.
"I didn't ask you those questions," said the alleged victim.
Webster has gone through seven different defense attorneys in the county. More than $40,000 have been spent by now on attorney and investigator fees.
The Department of Corrections has calculated a little over $1,900 on extra expenses for every day they have to bring Webster here from the State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
That includes wages and benefits for the officers, mileage and meals. The trial could last as long as a month.