SALT LAKE CITY – A mistrial has been declared in the case of three people accused of sexually battering a 9-year-old girl on a Utah home while her mother was in the garage to smoke methamphetamine.
Judicial officials said Thursday that only about a third of the potential jurors showed up, the pool of judges is too small.
The trial was expected to start this week for Larson RonDeau, Jerry Flatlip and Randall Flatlip.
They have all pleaded not guilty to child rape and sodomy charges.
Prosecutors say the men took the girl to a back room in March while she was sleeping on a bench in a rural Uintah County, which borders Colorado. The men had been staying in the house.
The lawyers for the men have questioned the account, and whether the mother influenced the girl’s testimony.