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Mistrial declared in Rodriguez case


Jose Luis Rodriguez
 
(Updated May 21, 3:21 pm)

Man charged with sex crimes will have re-trial 

An eight-day trial in Alexander County Superior Court ended in a mistrial on Thursday, May 14, after the jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquittal of a man charged with multiple sex crimes, according to the attorney representing the defendant.

Jose Luis Rodriguez, age 39 of Taylorsville, is charged with 24 counts of rape of a child, statutory rape, and statutory sexual offense. He faces a minimum of 200 to 300 months imprisonment on each charge, according to his attorney, Joel Harbinson.

The alleged incidents happened between January 13, 2010, and October 31, 2012. Rodriguez was arrested on November 21, 2012, and has remained in custody under a $200,000 secured bond until trial. 

The trial started the morning of May 5, 2015, and lasted until the afternoon of May 14, with the jury deliberating for over a day before deadlocking.

After a mistrial was declared, Rodriguez’ bond was reduced to $25,000 and he was released from custody on Thursday, May 14, 2015, pending a new trial.

The trial was presided over by Superior Court Judge Julia Lynn Gullett. Jose Rodriguez is being represented by local attorney Joel Harbinson by appointment of the
court. 

The matter is tentatively scheduled for re-trial the week of July 6, 2015, said Harbinson. 

 

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