Closing Arguements Set For Wednesday In Shifflet Trial

By
Megan Moseley

Dateline
Updated Wed, Mar 13, 2013 12:13 pm

The defense rested its case Wednesday morning without any character witness testimonies in the trial of a Glouster man accused of sexually molesting five girls.

Thomas Shifflet, 76, is facing three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of rape, and one count of sexual imposition.

Defense attorney John Lavelle has continually expressed his disagreement with the court's decision to allow for some of the witnesses to give their testimonies via closed-circuit TV, and has asked for a mistrial multiple times.

The prosecution rested its case Tuesday afternoon after a week and a half of calling children and adult witnesses to the stand.

The alleged victims were between the ages of three and 12 at the time of the reported incidents in 2010.

Closing arguments are set for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

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