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Mistrial Declared in Bodenweiser Sex Trial

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Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC) Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC)
GEORGETOWN, Del.- The sex abuse trial of former Delaware state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser ended with a hung jury on Monday afternoon.

Eric Bodenweiser had been on trial in Delaware Superior Court in Georgetown on charges of molesting a young boy in the late 1980s. On Monday, a judge declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to make a decision in the case.

A hung jury is when the members of a jury are split and cannot agree on a verdict. Now it is up to the state to decide if it will retry Bodenweiser, drop the case or offer him another deal.

Bodenweiser would not comment on what transpired but his attorney, Eric Mooney, said he would have preferred to see his client found not guilty.

"We were certainly hoping for a 'not guilty,'" he said. "And for this to be over. I guess on a continuum from cold to warm, hot to cold - it's luke warm. The charges are still there. But it's not a 'guilty.'"

The decision about how to move forward from this mistrial is in the hands of the state. Mooney told WBOC that it could be quite a long time until the new trial, if the state decides to retry the case.

"It wouldn't be in a week or two," he said. "It's not like, 'let's start on Monday.' It would be at least several months." 

For a recap of the arguments from both sides, read here: http://www.wboc.com/story/25775028/bodenweisers-fate-in-hands-of-jury
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