Jury Deadlocks in Pastor's Child Molest Trial

Indianapolis Star
January 13, 2012

MUNCIE, Ind. -- A mistrial was declared Friday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked on the two most serious charges pending against a Muncie pastor.

The jurors did find Matthew A. Kidd, 55, not guilty of the third charge, a felony count of vicarious sexual gratification.

The pastor of Freedom Point Apostolic Church remains charged with child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor over allegations he abused two teenagers, between 2002 and 2005 while they were member of his congregation.

After Chief Deputy Prosecutor Judi Calhoun said she intended to present the case to a jury again, Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Linda Ralu Wolf scheduled the pastor's second trial for May 21.

The jury began its deliberations about 2:30 p.m. Its foreman informed Wolf of the deadlock about 5:45 p.m.


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