FORT WORTH - Jurors sat transfixed as they listened to an audio recording Wednesday that Tarrant County prosecutors said captured a Fort Worth man's rape of his estranged wife.
The graphic recording includes the victim saying over and over again, "no, no, no," as Roberto Beltran repeatedly says he can do what he wants because she is still his wife.
"Help me, help me," she shouts in Spanish on the recording she secretly made because she thought it would help her get a divorce.
The tape eventually ends with her screaming and sobbing uncontrollably, and begging him to leave.
Beltran is on trial in Judge Everett Young's court on a charge that he broke into her house to sexually assault her.
The trial began Wednesday with opening statements. Prosecutors Dawn Ferguson and Lisa Callaghan told jurors that Beltran told his wife he would never give her a divorce and then raped her in October 2010.
Defense attorneys Adam Burney and Mark Scott indicated Beltran believes she was angry because he would not help her with papers. The divorce became final the month after the alleged attack.
The trial is expected to continue throughout the week.