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Jury split in 16-year-old’s child molestation trial
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Hall County Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden speaks with attorneys from both sides Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at the bench during day one of the Jadyn Young child molestation trial. Young is being charged as an adult, since the 16-year-old was accused of a “sex act with a child who is less than 10 years of age.” - photo by Scott Rogers

Following seven hours of deliberations in the child molestation trial of 16-year-old Jadyn Young, the members of the jury expressed to Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden the divide between them.

“No one’s conscience will allow them to change their stance,” Bearden read from part of a note from the jury Friday, Feb. 15 after 6 p.m.

The jury heard evidence over three days and then closing arguments on Friday in the trial for Young, who is charged with four counts of aggravated child molestation and being tried as an adult.

Young was charged in two separate indictments involving four separate alleged victims, and the indictments allege the sex acts occurred in April 2017 and February 2018.

When it appeared to Bearden that further deliberations Friday would not be fruitful, the attorneys began discussing what to do about returning next week. One juror had a conflict that would have meant delaying until Wednesday. Bringing in an alternate juror would allow the jury to resume Monday, but that would restart much of the deliberations.

The foreman of the jury spoke with Bearden and said the preference was to return Monday, Feb. 18. Bearden agreed.

Young took the stand Thursday as one of the last pieces of testimony before the end of evidence.

“I was mad. I was confused. That’s not who I am. I don’t touch kids like that,” Young said when he learned of the allegations against him.

On Wednesday, the jury heard the forensic interviews by Lisa Mallory with the four children.

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