Tweets get scrutiny in Rutgers webcam spying trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ? Prosecutors are trying to build their case of a cover-up effort by a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man.

A detective testified Wednesday that Dharun Ravi (dah-ROON’ RAH’-vee) sent out a pair of Twitter messages on Sept. 22, 2010.

One said his roommate had asked for the room again and said, “Don’t you dare videochat me from 9 to 12.” That was followed by a message reading: “Ignore that last tweet. Stupid drafts.”

The tweets came soon after Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide.

Prosecutors assert that Ravi deleted an earlier message “daring” followers to chat with him and replaced it with the others to try to avoid being implicated. He’s charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and other crimes.