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Mistrial declared in trial of man charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse


A Hopkins County judge has declared a mistrial in the Cecil Salyers trial.

52-year-old Salyers is charged with six counts of first degree sexual abuse and several other charges.

The first thing Commonwealth Attorney David Massemore said to the families was, "It's not over. We will get a retrial. I'm sorry."  

The court cited problems with evidence retrieval and turn over as grounds for the mistrial. They say some of the witness testimonies may or may not have been recorded by Madisonville police, and were not copied off the system before the police department's server crashed a month later.  

Officials say in court that made it look like the prosecution had access to the recordings when the defense didn't.

Massemore says there was never any intentional hiding of evidence on the prosecutions part, and says the mistrial is hard news for the victim's families.

"It was an excruciating thing for them to have to testify and relive these events. But, the good news is, they've done it. They are ready to go forward again if we have to do that. They will be stronger the second time around. So we are ready to go forward. This man will be tried again," Massemore said.

Families and members of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office were visibly shaken by the court's ruling on Wednesday, and officials say this case cannot start earlier than October 1 because this jury panel cannot hear it again.

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