Deliberations in the case against a Carrollton resident stretched late into the evening Thursday as jurors mulled over evidence presented in the two-day trial. The case was heard in Ray County on a change of venue. Charles Politte, 24, was found “not guilty” on one count of kidnapping.
Politte is accused of forcing a 17-year-old female into a wooded area on the east side of town in the early morning hours of June 10, 2011. Politte was charged with forcible rape, assault, kidnapping, armed criminal action, and forcible sodomy. Carroll County Prosecutor Cassandra Brown told jurors Politte sexually assaulted the young woman, held her against her will for about two hours, and hit her in the head with a flashlight. Politte’s defense attorney Sheri Nelson called the victim a “liar” in closing statements and argued that the sex was consensual.
Judge David Miller declared a mistrial on the other four counts when jurors said they would not be able to reach an agreement. Politte will be tried for a second time on charges of forcible rape, assault, armed criminal action, and forcible sodomy.
The jury of four women and eight men heard a day and a half of testimony from the victim, friends, police, a nurse, and DNA expert before returning the verdict. Politte is scheduled to return to a Ray County courtroom on June 13. He remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.
Politte was also charged in July 2011 with one count of forcible rape related to a separate incident. He was arrested by Tina police in December 2010. Politte was scheduled to face a jury Wednesday, but the trial was cancelled to allow the other case to move forward.