November 17, 2005

Mistrial declared in Milan pastor sex-abuse case

Daily and Sunday Review

By: Aaron Cahall 11/16/2005

TOWANDA - A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the case of a Milan pastor accused of sexually abusing a female parishioner, after prosecutors said the defense claimed inadmissible evidence in their opening statement.

Bradford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffery Smith granted the prosecution's motion for a mistrial, "based on things said in the defense's opening statement that would not be admissible in court," according to Bradford County First Assistant District Attorney Albert Ondrey.
Ondrey declined to elaborate, adding only "things were claimed as evidence that would not be admissible." Smith and Arthur Agnellino, cited in court documents as attorney for the accused, did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Posted by kshaw at November 17, 2005 05:42 AM