Tuesday, April 24, 2012
An Arkansas City man does not yet know whether he will stand trial for more than 230 child sex crimes.
Jerry Mills was in Cowley County Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. A number of children, some of which are now adults, told authorities late last year that Mills had been sexually abusing them for years.
The prosecutors used graphic testimony to prove to the judge that they have enough evidence to proceed to trial. But the defense argued that some of the charges fall outside of the Kansas statute of limitations.
"We would argue that there is a five-year statute of limitations," his attorneys said. "That there are some sections that do not apply."
Judge Jim Pringle is expected to rule on the statute of limitations issue later, but because some witnesses had been flown in from out of state, he went ahead and allowed them to testify, but closed the proceedings to the public to prevent a potential jury pool from being tainted if those specific crimes are not prosecuted.