Jury can’t reach Stockett verdict

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

The trial of Klamath landlord Fred Stockett ended in a mistrial Wednesday.

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 six in favor of guilt and six favoring innocence.

Acting District Attorney Katherine Micks said she was still debating whether to retry Stockett.

"That's something I'm going to decide after receiving input from the victim, the investigating officer and the prosecuting attorney and input from the jurors," said Micks.

She also thanked the jury.

"The District Attorney's Office appreciates the time and effort in hearing the evidence and deliberating," said Micks.

The trial was lengthy. It took six days to pick a jury and three weeks to get through the trial. There were a couple of breaks in the middle after defense attorney Russel Clanton got sick and missed two days, and visiting Judge William Lamb took off three days for a prior engagement.

Clanton attacked the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses, arguing that the victim was beingmanipulated by her mother for financial gain to say Stockett touched her inappropriately.

Stockett had been accused of forcibly molesting a 10-year-old girl who had been spending the weekend at his home in the summer of 2010. Stockett threatened to injure the girl's family if she told anyone what happened, prosecutors claimed.

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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