LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A mistrial has been declared for a former Lubbock pastor who was on trial for indecency with a child. A grand jury indicted Terry Nesmith on the charge last year.
The jury went into deliberation on Friday morning and told the judge that they could not come to a unanimous verdict. The judge sent the jury back into deliberation for one hour. Grand Jury member were still not able to come to a unanimous verdict. The judge then declared it a mistrial.
Chuck Lanehart, the defense's attorney, said he was disappointed with the mistrial. "Its disappointing, but the case is still pending. We will leave it to the discretion of the District Attorney and file a motion to dismiss which he should. 10 to 2 for not guilty, I don't think they'll ever get a conviction in this case," Lanehart said.
Shannon Hall, who was a character witness for the defense said she feels strongly that Pastor Nesmith will be acquitted."There are no facts and the prosecution has no evidence that proves he did anything," Hall said.
Nesmith was the pastor of Faith Assembly of God from August 1992 until July of 2009. The victim, who is now an adult, says Nesmith molested her over a four-year period, starting about 1995. Police records indicate she came forward in 2006.
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