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No verdict reached in Everson trial, deliberation continues today

BY HAYLEY BRUCE | JANUARY 20, 2011 7:10 AM

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After eight hours of deliberation, jurors failed to return a verdict in the sexual ---abuse trial of former Hawkeye football player Cedric Everson.

A jury of eight men and four women began deliberating Tuesday afternoon over whether to find Everson guilty or not guilty on the third-degree sexual abuse and assault charges he now faces. A judge reduced Everson’s charges through a partial-acquittal on Tuesday morning.

University of Iowa criminal law Professor Margaret Raymond said the amount of time a jury deliberates is “not, at this point, meaningful,” and that it would not indicate which way the jury will rule.

Everson, 21, and his former teammate Abe Satterfield, 22, were originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse after an incident in which they allegedly sexually assaulted a former University of Iowa athlete in an unoccupied Hillcrest dorm room in October 2007.

Satterfield later entered a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Everson.

On Tuesday, Miller ruled the state did not provide sufficient evidence that Everson was aided and abetted by Satterfeild during an alleged sexual assault, resulting in the lesser charges. Now, Everson faces up to 10 — rather than 25 — years in prison.

Following Miller’s ruling, Everson’s attorney Leon Spies presented no evidence, and called no witnesses to the stand.

After the panel deliberated for approximately three hours on Wednesday, the 12-person jury asked the court if they would be able to review the testimony of Christine Kuczek — a former friend and teammate of the alleged victim.

Kuczek’s testimony was videotaped and played for the jury Jan. 12, because she was not able to make it to the trial.

“Obviously, the answer is no,” Johnson County assistant prosecutor Anne Lahey said. “Even though the testimony was provided in video, it’s just like any other testimony.”

Lahey and Spies agreed testimony from any witness would not be available in written or video format and the jurors would need to rely on their own “collective recollections.”

The jury will continue deliberation at 9 a.m. today at the Johnson County Courthouse.


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