Jury reaches verdict after defendant testifies in Greene County rape trial 


A 12-person jury has acquitted a 20-year-old man of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in Xenia Twp.

Myron Walker has been released from the Greene County Jail after his trial ended Wednesday with a not guilty verdict on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

The jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before coming to a decision, according to Walker’s attorney Travis Kane.

The alleged victim, a 19-year-old female, testified that she was forced to have sex with the defendant at a home on Eavey Street on the afternoon of Jan. 22, 2017.

Kane said his client testified in his own defense, telling the jury what he told investigators from the outset, that the sex was consensual.

RELATED >>> Jury reaches verdict in Greene County rape trial

“There was no dispute that they had sexual relations,” Kane said. “The only issue was to determine if the sex was consensual or forced. My client maintained from the beginning that it was consensual. He never deviated from that.”

Walker was previously acquitted by a jury of a rape charge in a separate case. That verdict was reached in January 2017, the same month that the new rape allegations emerged.

Assistant Prosecutor David Morrison tried the case. Speaking on his behalf, Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller said rape cases are “always difficult,” in part because there are rarely witnesses to the alleged crimes.

Despite the difficulties, Haller said his office “will not flinch or turn away from these cases.”

“We believed that we had probable cause to go forward that the sex was without consent. Unfortunately the jury found otherwise and we have to respect their verdict,” Haller said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches
Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though...
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

  Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her...
Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018
Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

A woman was killed and her husband injured Saturday afternoon when a possible tornado struck their home on Dot Road in southern Logan County, WHOP AM/FM radio in Hopkinsville, Ky., reported. The tornado entered Logan County around 3:45 p.m. from Robertson County, Tennessee. The woman’s name was not released. Her death marks the first of 2018...
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted...
Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune
Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie. >> Read more trending news  Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley...
More Stories