Suspect Doesn't Want Third Trial

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Lincoln man has asked a judge to bar prosecutors from trying him for a third time on a sexual assault charge after the case twice ended in a mistrial.

Lamar Neal's first trial ended after the prosecutor asked questions of his 16-year-old accuser that revealed information previously undisclosed and criminal conduct for which Neal was not charged.

Two days later, Judge Steven Burns again declared a mistrial, finding prosecutors had not disclosed evidence to the defense. Neal's attorney alleges prosecutors deliberately disregarded court orders and seeks to halt prosecution. A hearing is set for next week. A third trial has been set for February.

A year ago, a girl told Lincoln police Neal forced her to have sex. Police arrested him in April.

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