Officer, inmate testify in Chambers’ trial

Shane Chambers in court. (May 23, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Testimony continues Friday against the man accused of raping and assaulting an elderly woman in her Grand Rapids home.

Two people who knew the suspect, Shane Chambers, and the detective at the scene of the crime testified in the courtroom, painting a clearer picture of what happened that night in September 2013.

The victim, a 77-year-old woman, said she woke up to Chambers beating her in the middle of the night. Police said Chambers left the woman unconscious and then robbed her.

The officer who was on scene the night of the crime testified that the victim’s credit card was found in Chambers’ pocket, along with another credit card belonging to a different woman.

The September incident wasn’t the first time Chambers has been accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman. Shannon Colvin, an inmate who knows Chambers, testified that he was asked to help Chambers use the credit cards allegedly connected to the crimes.

“We went to a couple of gas stations and pumped gas for drugs, filled up some gas in the car he [Chambers] was driving,” Colvin testified.

If convicted, Chambers faces up to life in prison.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to monitor the trial. Check back with for updates.

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