LIMA — After deliberating for nearly six hours over a span of two days, jurors in the trial of Alger resident Karl Duncan were unable to reach a verdict on the most serious charge but did find Duncan guilty of a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence.
A verdict of not guilty was returned by jurors on a second-degree felony count of felonious assault.
No sentencing date was set for Duncan, and he was ordered back to jail, where he has been since the February incident that led to the charges against him.
Jurors began their deliberations Wednesday afternoon and, after breaking for the evening around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, resumed their talks at 9 a.m. Thursday. Some 90 minutes later, the jurors announced they had reached an impasse on one of the counts.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser declared a mistrial on the first-degree felony count of kidnapping after the jury foreman assured her that he and his fellow jurors “put in a hard attempt, but it does not seem we will be able” to reach a unanimous verdict.
In reaching a not guilty verdict on the felonious assault charge, jurors agreed that the state “did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Duncan committed the charge as outlined in the indictment against him.
The domestic violence charge against the Alger man was elevated due to his prior conviction in Hardin County on a similar charge.
Angela Rogel, the alleged victim in the case, sobbed openly in court when the verdicts were announced.
The charges against Duncan stemmed from an incident during which the Alger man was alleged to have assaulted and threatened a woman with whom he had been involved in a romantic relationship inside a camping trailer parked in a lot on Kingston Avenue in Lima.
Rogel testified Tuesday during the trial’s opening day that Duncan became intoxicated on the afternoon of Feb. 23 and, over the span of several hours, beat her with a closed fist, tossed her around by the hair and threatened her with a hunting knife.
On Wednesday, Duncan told jurors that none of those things ever happened.
“I didn’t lay a hand on that woman,” Duncan told jurors.
He was represented at trial by defense attorney Carroll Creighton. Assistant Allen County Prosecutors Kenneth Sturgill and Kyle Thines presented the state’s case.