Archive for Wednesday, August 25, 1999


August 25, 1999


Douglas County prosecutors today are scheduled to try again to convict a Kansas University student whose June rape trial ended in a hung jury.

Prosecutors had six months to retry the case against the 18-year-old man, who faced charges of rape, sexual battery and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The jury in June found the man not guilty of sexual battery and guilty of an alcohol charge but were hung on the rape accusation. The sexual battery charge stemmed from a separate incident.

"Given the significance of the charges, we felt it was appropriate to try this case a second time," Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Tonkovich said Tuesday.

After hung juries, prosecutors "always hope to learn something to reach a different result the second time around," Tonkovich said.

The man is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman Oct. 17 at Ellsworth Hall.

Defense attorney Don Smith of Olathe said after the hung jury that the alleged victim's testimony contained "rampant and replete" inconsistencies.

The man's trial is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. today with jury selection.

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