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  Prosecutors Set to Schedule Second Trial for Priest

KSDK [St. Louis MO]
May 24, 2003

Prosecutors say they will schedule a second trial for a St. Louis County priest accused of molesting a teenager eight years ago.

Reverend Bryan Kuchar's trial ended in a mis-trial Thursday after the jury failed to reach a decision.

Both sides in the case cite a number of reasons for the trial ending without a verdict.

The defense questioned the credibility of the alleged victim and some jurors believe the fact the defendant is a priest played a role.

Andrew, one of the jurors, said, "I think that it would be ridiculous to say the defendant being a priest did not give the jurors an emotional reaction some more than others."

Prosecutors played a confession by Father Kuchar.

But the defense claimed the confession was coerced out of the priest.

No word on when a new trial for Kuchar could begin.

 
 

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