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Not Guilty!! Not Guilty!!

September 19, 2018

  

 

A jury rejected the State of Florida's efforts to convict a Putnam County man of a horrible crime he did not commit.  The State alleged that a local man sexually assaulted his granddaughter years ago at a family gathering.  Prosecutors attempted to prove their case by offering only testimonial evidence about an unreported incident alleged to have occurred over 6 years ago.  If convicted, the man would have served a mandatory life sentence.  During cross-examination, Crawford was able to raise doubts about the accusations by pointing out inconsistencies in the accusers' descriptions of the alleged crimes.  The jury deliberated for nearly 7 hours before finding Crawford's client 'Not Guilty' on charges of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child under 12 and Lewd & Lascivious Battery on a Child under 12.  The jury found him guilty of the lesser-included offense of simple battery, a misdemeanor.  He was released immediately after the trial.  After spending 16 months in custody awaiting trial, he is now finally home with his family.  

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