Two men accused of sex crimes against a woman at her birthday party in January pleaded not guilty on Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Police said Niygel M. Trunnel Ware, 22, of Kennewick, was drinking with the 20-year-old woman and others at the party Jan. 5 and 6 in the 300 block of South First Avenue. Then he and the woman went into her bedroom, documents stated. He was charged with second-degree rape.

While the alleged crime was happening, Trunnel Ware’s friend, Mason G. Foster, 25, of College Place, entered the room and allegedly committed sexual crimes against the woman, records stated. Foster was charged with indecent liberties.

The woman’s roommate told Ware “to get out and get off” of the woman. But Foster pushed her out of the room, documents stated. Eventually, the roommate and others began fighting, records stated.

On Monday, trials for both men were scheduled for Oct. 22. Both Trunnel Ware and Foster have remained out of jail pending the outcome of their cases.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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