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Jury split on sex abuse charges

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Hung jury acquits Garrett on second charge

By Bob White

By BOB WHITE

bwhite@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Hardin County jury returned a split verdict Thursday night in the trial of a man charged last year with two counts of sexual abuse.

He was not convicted of either charge against him.

In the event of conviction and consecutive sentencing, Gerald Dwayne Garrett, 40, could have received as much as 10 years imprisonment for what police claim was touching a 6-year-old sexually inside an Illinois Road home between January and February 2008.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw said the jury was hung on one count of sexual abuse and found Garrett not guilty of another. Shaw said Garrett will be tried again on the count for which the jury split.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jessica Green prosecuted the case. The Department for Public Advocacy defended Garrett.

Although not convicted on the charges, Garrett is not being freed from jail.

He is serving state time on another conviction, according to jail staff, who said Garrett will be returned Friday to Roederer Correctional Complex.

The Radcliff special crimes unit, launched by Det. Jody Ennis several years ago and applauded for its work by outside agencies, is now headed by Det.  Jeremy Davis, according to Radcliff city spokesman Bryce Shumate. Ennis has returned to street duties, Shumate said.

The transition was, according to Shumate, routine.

Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.