Not Guilty Verdict Returned In Statutory Rape Case

Date 2014/1/9 10:42:02 | Topic: News

A Grundy county jury deliberated two and a half hours yesterday afternoon before delivering an acquittal on felony charges filed against a Trenton resident, 33 year old Jeffrey Van Hoozer. The decision by jurors was unanimous.

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Van Hoozer was found not guilty on charges of second degree statutory rape of a girl less than 14 years old in September 2011.

The jury convened Tuesday after 67 potential jurors were summoned to the courthouse. 14 persons, including two alternates, took seats in the jury box.

The case was held before Judge Jack Peace in Division one of the Grundy county circuit court. Representing the prosecution were assistants with the Attorney General's office. Van Hoozer was represented by the public defender's office. Judge Peace ordered a judgment of 12-hundred 50 dollars for Van Hoozer to pay for public defender services.



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