Wednesday, July 21, 2010
New Trial Denied For Convicted Child Rapist
The state's Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the child rape conviction of a man, convicted in Putnam County Criminal Court, saying that potential new evidence in the case did not warrant a new trial. Tony Lee Crowe was convicted by a Putnam County jury of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual battery after an investigation in which a neighbor's child claimed that he had assaulted her when she went to visit his house and use the computer. A friend of the victim also claimed to have seen the assault, but later recanted her testimony. And Crowe's lawyers claim that newer testimony from that witness should have been grounds for a new trial. However, the local court found that the new story told by that witness did not have credibility and the appeals court has now agreed.