- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - Jurors didn’t reach a verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberating the case of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who suffered from dementia.

They will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Prosecutors say 78-year-old Henry Rayhons had sex with his wife at a nursing home May 23 after being told she was not mentally capable of consenting. He testified in his own defense, saying he and his wife did not have sex that day.

The case centers on when a person is no longer capable of giving consent for sexual relations.

Rayhons, who served 18 years as a Republican member of the Iowa House, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of third-degree sexual abuse.

His wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, died in August.


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