Thomas Sex Abuse Trial in the Hands of Wilcox Co. Jury


By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom--  The sex abuse case of a former state lawmaker and Wilcox central high school principal is in the hands of a jury.

James Thomas is accused of kissing a 17 year old student and forcing her to touch him.

The former student testified that the alleged sexual abuse happened in November of 20-10.

The jury made up of mostly women began deliberating at around 2:30 Thursday afternoon but were unable to reach a verdict by 5 o'clock.

"Deliberations can take hours, they can take minutes, they can take days. You just never know what's going to happen with a jury, this is the process that we have and we're letting the process take it's course,"said Assistant District Attorney Vernetta Perkins.

The jury was sent home for the night by Circuit Judge Jack Meigs. They will resume deliberations Friday morning at nine.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

WNCF and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. Comments are posted on site immediately and without station moderation. If you feel a comment is inappropriate you may flag it for review. For guidelines on flagging comments see our Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.