- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man convicted in 2011 of sexually abusing three girls has been granted a retrial.

Woodbury County Assistant Attorney Drew Bockenstedt says 42-year-old Julius Turner filed for post-conviction relief in 2012, claiming his attorney inadequately defended him. The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Pc2qEf ) his appeal was approved in April, and he returned to the Woodbury County Jail on Wednesday.

Following his July 2011 conviction of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse, Turner faced life in prison without parole. He was accused of sexually abusing three girls under the age of 13 from 2008 to 2009.

Previously, he had been convicted in 1992 of third-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.

Turner’s new trial is scheduled for June 2.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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