Hung jury in Gibson rape trial - - Jackson, MS

Hung jury in Gibson rape trial

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LEXINGTON, MS (WLBT) - It took jurors just under four hours to return a partial verdict in the Terry Gibson statutory rape trial in Lexington.

Jurors found Gibson not guilty on one of the rape counts. 

The Judge declared a mistrial on one other rape charge, and two child neglect by incest charges.

Gibson was accused of allegedly raping three minors, two of whom were his own children.

Holmes county District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver left the courthouse saying the jury just let a rapist walk free.

The DA's office will begin building their case on the charges that ended in a mistrial.

Gibson's attorney Chokwe Lumumba used the Scott sisters story in his closing arguments, playing off their recent release from prison.

The sisters were both present in the courtroom, sitting in the front row as he made his closing arguments.

Lumumba told jurors, "You wouldn't want to convict this man, then come back 16 years later and find he was not guilty."

Prosecutors say the partial verdict provides no closure for a family, that has been split since the allegations arose, accusing Gibson of crimes against his own children.

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