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Judge considering motion for acquittal in Everson sex abuse case


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- What was scheduled to be a routine day in court outside the presence of a jury may turn into something a little more substantial.

Judge Paul Miller heard a motion from defense attorney Leon Spies Thursday in court for an acquittal of the second degree sexual abuse charges against Cedric Everson.

Spies told the court he believed the state failed to prove all elements of second degree sexual abuse against Everson.

One of those elements, Spies cited, was the state failed to prove that key witness Abe Satterfield aided and abetted Everson in the commission of a sex crime.

"They have to specifically prove, that Mr. Satterfield let Mr. Everson in the bed with the understanding, or knowledge, or approval that Mr.. Everson was going to commit a sex act by force, or against the will of a physically helpless woman," said Spies.

Assistant Johnson County Attorney Anne Lahey says the evidence presented is enough for the jury to infer that Satterfield aided in the commission of the crime.

"It was get in bed, get out of bed.  He wants people to believe that he had absolutely no idea what happened. I think the inference could be clear," she said.

Judge Miller will consider the motion for acquittal and make a ruling when the trial resumes Tuesday morning.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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