Closing arguments expected Friday in child molestation case

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 13, 2014 

McKissic

The prosecution concluded its child sexual molestation case against Carlton Steve McKissic Thursday morning in Muscogee County Superior Court by recalling the oldest of the three victims to testify.

Alleged molester claimed he recalled no girls' sleepover

McKissic is charged with molesting three girls ages 9, 10 and 13 on March 20, 2012, during a slumber party. Now 37, McKissic faces charges of aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and three counts each of child molestation and furnishing alcohol to minors. The most serious charges -- aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation -- were allegedly against the youngest child.

Officers said the 10-year-old and 13-year-old told them McKissic previously had molested them on other occasions. But in court Wednesday, the girl who was 13 at the time denied McKissic fondled her, though police reports said otherwise. The girl, now 15, testified that she recalled only the youngest girl's reporting McKissic sodomized her.

The girl was called back to the stand by the state Thursday morning, and Judge William Rumer allowed Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus and defense attorney Robin King to ask leading questions because of the witness' age and mental condition.

Lambertus asked the girl if she ever thought about what happened over the last two years. She answered, "No." He asked the question three different ways and she said "no" each time.

The bulk of the defense's case was to play the three interview tapes of the victims recorded the morning after the alleged incident. The state introduced the videos as part of the state's evidence earlier this week, but they were not played for the jury until the defense presented its case. In the tapes, the girls described in great detail what McKissic is alleged to have done that night.

As the interviews were played on a television set in front of the jury box, McKissic sat at the defense table on the other side of the courtroom. He was busy writing and rarely looked up.

The state's only other witness was Dr. Frank Saucier, an emergency room physician at The Medical Center (now Midtown Medical Center) two years ago. Saucier testified he examined one of the victims. In his brief testimony, he told the jury there was some redness on her bottom, but no visible signs of trauma.

Closing arguments will be made Friday at 9 a.m. with the jury likely getting the case around lunch.

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