Jury delivers responsible verdict in trial of man accused of assaulting bridesmaid 2 days earlier than his marriage ceremony

STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The jury reached a verdict Thursday evening within the trial of a groom accused of assaulting a bridesmaid, two days earlier than his marriage ceremony.

After 9 hours of deliberation, a jury within the Poconos discovered Daniel Carney responsible on 4 out of the 5 expenses he was going through. He was discovered responsible of tried sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault with out consent, easy assault, and indecent assault with out the consent of others.

He was discovered not responsible of try to rape an unconscious sufferer.

Carney walked out in handcuffs Thursday evening, and faces important jail time after being discovered responsible of two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Jurors went out for deliberation simply after 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and requested the decide if they might evaluate a portion of surveillance video at round 4 p.m. They requested one other query a few definition of a cost at round 6:35 p.m.

The prosecution stated Thursday that video exhibits Carney pulling the alleged sufferer into the Shawnee Inn locker room earlier than the reported assault, after which, Carney’s spouse and her maid-of-honor discovering them.

It additionally exhibits the bridesmaid swaying and unable to face up straight as soon as everybody leaves.

Carney testified she got here onto him, as he was going to take a bathe, however the prosecution factors out he did not deliver something with him, besides her.

Throughout closing arguments, the protection reminded the jury {that a} man on the tubing journey stated he noticed Carney and the bridesmaid drunk, mutually canoodling and strolling away from the river on their very own, with out Carney main her.

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The protection lawyer James Swetz pressured, “blackouts are usually not the identical as being unconscious” and “failure to recollect doesn’t suggest you did not do it.” He insisted the components the bridesmaid did bear in mind did not add up.

He famous Pennsylvania legislation says the jury ought to take into account that the bridesmaid waited to report, whereas a victims response professional stated that is regular conduct amongst survivors.

In the meantime, the prosecution recalled how the very first thing the bridesmaid stated to the maid-of-honor upon being discovered was “what occurred?”

Monroe County Assistant District Legal professional Christy Schlottman stated the alleged sufferer spent the subsequent couple of days making an attempt to get solutions to that query, and was distraught to search out how lengthy she was with the defendant within the locker room.

The prosecutor stated the 13 bruises on the bridesmaid’s physique could not have all been from falling within the river just like the protection insinuated, and that medical personnel stated her situation was according to sexual assault.

Schlottman ended her closing argument by reciting the quote, “stand earlier than these you concern and communicate your thoughts, even when your voice shakes.”

The prosecutor commented on the sufferer’s response after the decision was learn: “She’s overwhelmed with emotion and I believe she’s happy with the decision as nicely. She and Detective Leary are blissful about justice.”

Carney’s lawyer declined to do an interview.

Carney was out on $100,000 unsecured bond previous to the trial. The decide modified that to $75,000 secured bond. 

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Carney is now within the sheriff’s custody. Sentencing is scheduled for late July.