published Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Jury hung on LaFayette, Ga., child molestation case

Alvin Moses
Alvin Moses
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A Walker County judge today declared a mistrial for a 67-year-old LaFayette, Ga., man charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl.

A jury of eleven men and one woman could not agree on four of the five charges against Alvin Moses. Jurors acquitted him on one count of child molestation.

Afterwards, several jurors said they couldn’t find Moses guilty because police didn’t have enough evidence and they appeared to have lied about some of the details.

“It was kind of like a made-up case,” said juror John Goins.

In 2009, Moses was charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child molestation. The trial began Monday.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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