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Lawrence County Superior Court I Molestation Trial at Stand Still

LAWRENCE COUNTY - AUGUST 24, 2022 - The jury trial of Joshua A. Stevens had been at a standstill since early Wednesday morning.

Joshua A. Stevens

Stevens has been charged with five counts of child molestation from a January 2020 arrest.

According to court documents the alleged sexual abuse started when the victim was age five and continued until she was eleven years of age. The victim told a family member about the alleged abused, who then reported it to authorities.

This morning, Lawrence County Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Kempf asked Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III to allow the video evidence of the interview of the victim at Suzie's Place. The arguments were made before the jury entered into the court room.

Kempf told Judge Plummer that Defense Attorney opened the door for the video evidence to be allowed in. According to Kempf when Andis stated in his opening statement " Why would a 14-year-old make up a story," and " I believe that the victim just did not want to go back to her parents,"

According to Kempf the defense is alleging the victim fabricated the story. Prosecution maintains that they can confront this allegation with the video evidence and statements that was taken at Suzie's place.

Judge Plummer ruled that the victim would have to testify before he would be able to rule on allowing the video interview to be allowed as evidence.

The victim's mother took the stand this morning with preliminary questioning begun by Deputy Prosecutor Kempf.

However, approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II entered the courtroom and both the prosecutors and defense attorneys entered met outside the presence of the jury and met in the Judge's Chambers to discuss the matter.

The trial has been in recess since this morning and is expected to resume this afternoon.

Lawrence County Zephyr will continue to monitor developments in this trial.

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