After a mistrial in the sex crime trial against Klamath landlord Fred Stockett last week, the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to retry the case.
Stockett, 61, was facing three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and dissuading a witness before the jury declared it could not reach a verdict after almost two days of deliberations. The count was split with six in favor of innocence and six in favor of guilt.
It was the split non-decision that led acting District Attorney Katherine Micks to forgo another trial.
“The jury was split, and some of the concerns were about inconsistencies in the victim’s statements,” said Micks.
The young girl in the case who testified about the alleged acts Stockett committed had given authorities a few statements, including during the trial.
“We believe they were minor inconsistencies,” said Micks.
Defense Attorney Russell Clanton attacked the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses during the trial, arguing that the victim was being manipulated by her mother for financial gain to say Stockett touched her inappropriately.