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Break found not guilty of rape

Thursday, August 21, 2003

A jury panel returned with a not guilty verdict after jurors deliberated a little over 30 minutes at the rape trial which ended Aug. 6 in Izard County Circuit Court.

Samuel Levi Break, 33, of Sidney was accused of raping a Sharp County woman in June 2001.

Jurors heard testimony for two days with Circuit Judge Tim Weaver presiding over the trial.

The woman told authorities she had visited the Break resident June 27, 2001. After arriving at the residence she started playing a game called "quarters" which involved alcohol. She alleges Break raped her after she became unconscious.

Break admitted to jurors that he did have consensual sexual relations with his accuser. The woman denied the act was consensual, 16th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden said.

"It was a difficult case to prove," the prosecutor said. He said some of the witnesses gave inconsistent testimony.

McSpadden said he thinks the jury thought Break was a more credible witness. "I'm not one to question the jury's verdict."

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