MiamiHerald / The type of weather on the night March 13, 2016, is the reason people want to live in the Keys. The temperature was around 70 degrees, not a hint of humidity and a field of bright, shining stars occupied the clear, dark sky.

“It was beautiful out. I toyed with the idea of taking a cab, but I thought, ‘why not walk.’ “

That was the testimony given Tuesday morning at the Plantation Key Courthouse by a 39-year-old woman who police and prosecutors say was raped and brutally beaten by John Lee Hayes, 55, a landscaper from Big Pine Key. He is on trial for rape, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated battery.

By the time the attack was over, not only was the woman sexually violated, she was left with a broken jaw, eye socket and several ribs.


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