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Rushing found guilty of sex-related charges by jury

Monday, April 3, 2006

Sentencing has been scheduled for May 10

CARUTHERSVILLE -- A Pemiscot County man was found guilty by jury Thursday on several counts of sex-related charges.

Harold Rushing, 38, was found guilty by a Dunklin County jury on three counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and one count of attempted forcible rape. Sentencing for Rushing is set for May 10.

According to Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Michael B. Hazel, the charges were brought against Rushing as a result of events that occurred in Pemiscot County between Aug. 6, 1998, and March 16, 2005.

At the request of a change of venue by the defense attorney, the case was moved to Dunklin County from Pemiscot County.

When first tried on Dec. 12 and 13, 2005, the jury was unable to reach a verdict and the case was reset and retried in front of another jury on March 29 and 30. After approximately two hours and 40 minutes, Rushing was found guilty on all charges.

The case was tried both times by Hazel. Investigation of the case was conducted by Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell's office and the Missouri Division of Family Services.