Limestone jury acquits man in sex abuse case | Crime
Athens, AL (WAFF) - A 49 year old man accused of molesting two young girls is a free man.
A Limestone County jury found Barry Gant not guilty on two counts of sex abuse. Gant had been on trial this week in Athens. Jurors began deliberating the case Thursday and announced their finding on Friday morning.
Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones is not happy about the decision. "I try the difficult cases and I am not going to win every one. I will continue to fight for the victims of crime in Limestone County and I will not let this verdict diminish my determination."
Earlier in the week, the father of the girls testified about the incident. He told jurors that Gant was a friend of his who was staying the night at his home after a weekend get together in 2009. The man says he put the 2 and 5 year old girls to sleep, and told Gant to stay on his couch rather than drive home, because the man had been drinking while watching a football game.
The father testified that his older daughter told his ex-wife she'd been molested the next day. The father told jurors he confronted Gant about it right away, Gant denied it, and he called Limestone County deputies.
Under questioning, Gant claimed to have no recollection of anything from that night, saying he took a sleeping pill mixed with alcohol.
"While I am disappointed with their verdict, I would like to thank the jury for their hard work and attention in this case." Jones told WAFF on Friday morning. " I want to applaud the courage of these victims and the strength of their family for never wavering in their determination to seek justice."
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