Jury deadlocked, mistrial declared in rape and sexual assault trial of Allegheny Township man

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Sep. 24—A mistrial was declared Friday in the cases against an Allegheny Township man accused of rape and sexual assaults by five women and a teen. Jurors...
Sep. 24—A mistrial was declared Friday in the cases against an Allegheny Township man accused of rape and sexual assaults by five women and a teen.

Jurors deliberated nearly 14 hours over two days and reported they were at an impasse and unable to reach verdicts on all 24 counts in six cases against Eric Alan Wright.

Prosecutors contended Wright, 49, raped five of his accusers and improperly touched and exposed himself to a sixth alleged victim over about two decades dating back to the early 2000s.

Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio dismissed the jury at 2:30 p.m. after the foreman reported that no additional deliberations would result in unanimous verdicts.

Prosecutors said they will seek a retrial.

The mistrial did not free Wright from jail as…
Rich Cholodofsky, Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa.
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