Sunday, November 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Tennessee man who had been accused of raping three young girls in western Pennsylvania has been found not guilty by a jury.
The Sharon Herald (http://bit.ly/HDvsyy ) reports Saturday that 41-year old Michael David Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., is elated at the verdict.
Defense attorney Blair H. Hindman says the alleged victims' testimonies were "blatantly different" from what they had told state police. Lewis took the stand in his own defense, and prosecutors had dropped the more than 100 counts filed in 2012 down to 19.
One more charge was dropped during the trial, and the jury acquitted Lewis on all the remaining counts.
Lewis is a former resident of Mercer County, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Hindman says Lewis has returned to Tennessee to resume life there.