New Orleans East pastor’s retrial on molestation charge set for March

The Times-Picayune

By Ken Daley, | The Times-Picayune

A New Orleans East pastor accused of molesting a young male member of his congregation is set to be tried for a second time in March.

Court records show Kevin Boyd Sr., the 47-year-old “presiding bishop” of The Church At New Orleans, is to stand trial again March 27 on a charge of recurring molestation of a juvenile. The scheduled retrial would come 16 months after a six-person jury deadlocked on the same case after a weeklong trial concluded Nov. 17, 2015.

Verdicts from a six-person jury — used when the charges under consideration don’t necessarily mandate hard labor — must be unanimous under state law. The panel in Boyd’s first trial declared itself hopelessly hung after about four hours of deliberations. Boyd, described in his first trial as a “monster” by state prosecutors, has remained free on a $300,000 bond.

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