- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Vermont inmate accused of sexually assaulting a cellmate.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1OvQzn6 ) 34-year-old Aaron Smith of Morrisville was facing charges of sexual assault and simple assault in Caledonia Superior Court stemming from an incident in October 2013 at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

Smith’s attorney moved for a mistrial on the sex assault charge after the judge placed a time limit on jury deliberations. The judge told the jury that a juror had to leave by noon Tuesday and that he was going to deny their request to listen to a six-hour recording of the victim’s testimony.

The judge granted the mistrial. Smith was convicted of the simple assault charge.

Prosecutors plan to re-try him.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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