The case On August 21 Tom Robinson supposedly raped Mayella Ewell inside of her home while she asked him to do a little work.. Atticus defends Tom and does his best to keep the jury thinking about the case and not the skin color of Tom. Atticus found out that Mayella’s dad was left handed and that Tom’s left arm was unusable and that he could not have abused Mayella with just one arm.
Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell because he’s been in the Ewell house multiple times and every now and then Mayella would ask him to work and he was the only person in the house at the time that could’ve beaten her. But there’s only one problem: he only has one good arm that could only do so much. Tom is the only suspect for another