- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - For the second time, a mistrial was declared in the trial of a man accused of raping a Haskell Indian Nations University student.

The Douglas County jury on Friday acquitted 22-year-old Galen Satoe on one charge but a hung jury was declared when jurors couldn’t reach verdicts on four other charges.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/2mnBV9p ) Satoe and 21-year-old Jared Wheeler were accused of raping a 19-year-old freshman in November 2014 at Haskell.

Wheeler pleaded no contest in November 2016 to aggravated battery after his trial also ended with a hung jury. He is currently serving 60 days, followed by two years’ probation.

The two men, who said the sexual encounter was consensual, were expelled from Haskell.

A hearing was scheduled for Thursday for prosecutors to decide how to proceed.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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