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Jury: Scrutchfield not guilty of rape; hung on two charges

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 3/8/2013

A Franklin County jury on Friday found Eric Scrutchfield not guilty of rape and lewd and lascivious behavior in connection with a 2011 alleged sexual assault.  

The jury of six men and six women, however, could not reach a verdict on two other charges — aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy — after 23.5 hours of deliberation. Scrutchfield could be retried on those two counts if the state opts for a new trial. But Scrutchfield cannot be retried on the rape and lewd and lascivious behavior charges.

A Franklin County jury on Friday found Eric Scrutchfield not guilty of rape and lewd and lascivious behavior in connection with a 2011 alleged sexual assault.  

The jury of six men and six women, however, could not reach a verdict on two other charges — aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy — after 23.5 hours of deliberation. Scrutchfield could be retried on those two counts if the state opts for a new trial. But Scrutchfield cannot be retried on the rape and lewd and lascivious behavior charges.

District Judge Eric W. Godderz read the verdicts about 4:20 p.m. Friday, ending the eight-day trial in Franklin County District Court.

“I’m speechless right now,” Yvonne Scrutchfield said after embracing her husband outside the courtroom. About a dozen family members and friends huddled around Eric Scrutchfield as they wept and hugged each other.

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