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Albany man on trial for rape

January 5, 2004

Albany -- An East Albany business owner is on trial for rape.

26 year old Matthew Hardwick is charged with raping a woman January 21st, 2003. Prosecutors say Hardwick, who owns Elevations Beauty, Barber, and Fitness Studio on East Broad Avenue, raped an acquaintance he was giving a ride to a gym.

 Hardwick's lawyers say the sex was not forced.

Jury selection got underway Monday morning. The trial is expected to last a week.

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