Rape Trial Begins For Blue Lake Police Chief

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - The trial has begun for the former Blue Lake police chief accused of raping his wife and possessing a weapons cache that included 27 submachine guns.

A Humboldt County Superior Court jury began hearing opening statements Monday in the case of David Gundersen, who faces two
dozen counts of spousal rape and weapon charges. Gundersen also
faces charges of raping his former girlfriend.

Gundersen's wife told investigators before his arrest that he repeatedly had sex with her over a two-year period while she was
under the influence of sleeping pills. At first she said she considered it rape, but later told the Eureka Times-Standard that her statements were sarcastic.

Gundersen has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyers say the trial is expected to last eight to 10 weeks.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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