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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Phillips rape trial
A jury on Friday convicted a defendant in a sexual assault case that was tried for the second time in Cocke County Circuit Court. Richard William Phillips, Jr, 32, Witt Road, Morristown, was convicted of an October 2015 aggravated statutory rape charge. At the time the defendant was 29 and the female was 16. Because Phillips is 12 years older than the victim he faced the aggravated charge. The sexual tryst occurred at a home on Morningside Way in Bybee. The panel heard two days of testimony, and after several hours of deliberation Friday afternoon, the jury told Judge Carter Moore they were deadlocked and unable to reach a decision. But the court told the panel to continue deliberating, and after an hour of additional deliberation, the panel returned the guilty verdict. Phillips is to be sentenced in April. It was the second trial in the case. A mistrial was declared in the initial proceeding after a witness divulged details that were not to be given to the jury. Phillips also faces a second charge of aggravated statutory rape involving the same victim, and he will be tried on that charge at a later date.


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