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New trial for Ralph Corey to start Tuesday

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 10/11/2012

Ralph Corey, a 52-year-old former truck driver from Arizona, will stand trial in a 12-year-old Ottawa sexual assault case for a second time, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Franklin County District Court.

Corey was found guilty by a jury in June of abducting and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Walmart Supercenter cashier on the night of Feb. 19, 2000, as she prepared to leave the employee parking lot on the north side of the building at 2101 S. Princeton St., Ottawa.

Ralph Corey, a 52-year-old former truck driver from Arizona, will stand trial in a 12-year-old Ottawa sexual assault case for a second time, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Franklin County District Court.

Corey was found guilty by a jury in June of abducting and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Walmart Supercenter cashier on the night of Feb. 19, 2000, as she prepared to leave the employee parking lot on the north side of the building at 2101 S. Princeton St., Ottawa.

Judge Eric W. Godderz declared a mistrial in July after evidence came to light that one of the jurors had used his smartphone to obtain outside information about the trial — information that was used during the jury’s deliberations, Stephen A. Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said in an earlier interview.

Ottawa defense attorney John A. Boyd, who represented Corey at the first trial, will represent Corey at his new trial.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated June 21 for about 2 hours and 20 minutes before reaching their five guilty verdicts in Franklin County District Court. Corey was found guilty of one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of attempted rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of making a criminal threat related to the sexual assault case.

It was during those deliberations that one of the jurors used a smartphone to obtain information about the trial, which is not allowed, Hunting said. Jurors are instructed to base their verdict on the evidence presented during the trial and are not to talk with anyone about the case, or read or listen to what the media is reporting about the trial.

Judge Godderz will preside over the new trial, which is scheduled to last three days.

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