STEUBENVILLE -- Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps, a retired judge from Hamilton County, will preside over the trial that is to begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
The trial is expected to continue through Thursday and Friday, starting at 9 a.m. both days. It is possible that testimony could be heard on Saturday, court personnel confirmed.
Jefferson County Judge Samuel Kerr recused himself in late August from hearing the trial.
And the Ohio Attorney General's office took over prosecuting the case in late August after Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin also stepped aside.
The two prosecutors on this case, Marianne Hemmeter and Jennifer Brumby, are part of the Attorney General's Office Crimes Against Children Unit.
Tuesday afternoon, Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison, Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty, business owner and community leader Jerry Barilla and Jefferson County Chamber executive director Sue Hershey held a news conference at City Hall, according to WTOV-TV.
The two Steubenville High School students are charged with raping a 16-year-old girl from Weirton, West Va. on Aug. 11.
One of the teens is also charged with transmitting sexually-oriented pictures of a minor.
Both defendants are student-athletes at Steubenville High School and both have pleaded not guilty. Mays was the sophomore quarterback on the football team.
The charges stem from a police report that was filed in Steubenville at 1:40 a.m. Aug. 14. The report states that people came to the police station "in regards to a sexual assault involving their juvenile daughter." Information was taken for a report and the subjects were referred to the Juvenile Division, the police report stated.