LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After three hours of deliberation Wednesday, an Angelina County jury has found Jacorie Jamile Mitchell not guilty of molesting a 7-year-old girl in April of 2006.
Mitchell, 26, of Diboll was tried in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court on a second-degree felony indecency with a child by sexual contact charge. He was originally arrested on the charge in August 2014.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim made the outcry about the alleged incident on April 21, 2014. She told police that the incident happened in April 2006 when she was at a relative's house in Diboll.
The girl told the Diboll PD detective that she, her relative, and Mitchell were at the home watching a movie together. At one point, the relative left the room, and Mitchell moved closer to her and touched her inappropriately.
During her closing arguments Wednesday morning, prosecutor April Perez said that this case is all about responsibility and accountability. She stressed to the jury that the decision about Mitchell's innocence or guilt is now their responsibility.
"You heard him say he did it over and over on the video," Perez said.
When it came time for defense attorney Jerry Whiteker to make his closing arguments, he countered that the victim's story isn't believable. He also said the girl making the allegations against Mitchell is calm, a healthy athlete, a good student, and well-nourished.
"I don't believe this happened," Whiteker said.
Later in his closing arguments, Whiteker asked the jurors if they really want to label Mitchell a sex offender for the rest of his life.