Case goes to jury

William Thompson

Tenth Judicial District Judge Ricky D. Purcell told jurors in the Kyle Evetts case to come back to Quay County Courthouse Monday at 9 a.m. to continue deliberation. Jurors began deliberation around 5 p.m. Friday. At 9 p.m. Friday the judge decided to give the jurors the weekend off.
Evetts, a local farmer and rancher, is facing nine counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Both he and his accuser delivered testimony in the case.
Jurors listened to the complaining witness as she described alleged sexual abuse that was to have occurred over a nine-year period during her childhood.
Jurors also heard Evetts deny the allegations during initial questioning by his attorney Hal Greig and under cross examination by deputy district attorney Donald Schutte.
Jurors heard expert witnesses from both sides. The prosecution’s expert witness was a clinical social worker who had counseled the complaining witness. The defense’s expert witness was a psychologist known for her work for state agencies.
The state’s expert witness claimed that the complaining witness suffered from post traumatic stress disorder while the defense’s expert witness said she did not believe the complaining witness’s symptoms indicated a pattern of long-term sexual abuse.
All testimony is now over and the jurors must weigh four days’ worth of testimony and evidence.
In closing arguments Greig reminded jurors there was no physical evidence in the case. Schutte told jurors the complaining witness had no reason to make up her allegations.