OK Man Granted New Trial Based On Technicality

An Oklahoma man's conviction was recently overturned in Missouri due to a technicality. 35-year-old Johnny Davis Jr. had been sentenced to four 15 year sentences for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women at the Petro truck stop in Joplin in 2011 while out on parole for raping a woman in Oklahoma. Newton County Prosecutor Jacob Skouby tells News Talk KZRG why his sentence was overturned.

"The McDonald County courtroom only has so many seats. We had a lot of potential jurors coming in, and the defense council lacked to save space for the family of the defendant to witness the jury selection."

Skouby says even though it may see minor, the judge still made the right call in granting a new trial.

"It's the proper decision when you look back on it. We don't try people in secret. Jury selection is an important part of the trial process. I don't have any problem with the decision."

A hearing has been scheduled for August 20th to set a new trial date. Skouby is confident once Davis is retried, the evidence will again prove their case against him.

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Locations : Mcdonald CountyMissouriOklahoma
People : Jacob SkoubyJohnny Davis Jr.