The trial opened with a prosecutor saying the Drown's rural home in Turner Oregon was something out of a horror story. According to the Associated Press article ( http://www.katu.com/news/local/36246549.html) Marion County prosecutor Sarah Morris told jurors Monday that the children of Graydon and Robyn Drown were beaten with 2-by-4 boards, metal pipes, plastic pipes, spoons and whips. Prosecutor Morris said that the children, who range in age from infant to 16, hadn't seen dentists or doctors and didn't go to school. The Drowns claimed that the boys were attended to by a physician when they were circumcised, which should be easy to verify by medical records.
The children were taken by state welfare authorities after the Drowns were arrested June 19. Each parent faces a 25-count indictment of assault and criminal-mistreatment charges.
Chapin Milbank and Stephen A. Lipton are the attorneys representing 49-year-old Graydon Drown. Lipton told jurors Graydon Drown may adhere to religious beliefs outside the mainstream, but believes in what he considers "reasonable" discipline.
In spite of her never having made a police report or pressing charges against her husband, Robyn Drown's attorney Brooke Holstedt tried to separate the actions of the wife and the husband. "(There's) not only nine victims," Holstedt said. "There was another victim, another serious victim - Robyn Kay Drown." According to an adult witness Agnes Opgenorth, who attends Temple Beth Sholom, where the family regularly attended, said Robyn Drown did not seem dissatisfied.
"My impression was that she was very happy and proud of her relationship and her family," she said. Before moving to Oregon and in 2004 both Robyn and Graydon Drown were both raised as believers of the Worldwide Church of God and lived in remote parts of Alaska during their marriage.