HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (WFIE) - In Madisonville, 52-year-old Cecil Salyers, who was found guilty of sex crimes against children in October of 2013, has filed a motion for a new trial.
Salyers was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The motion was presented in Hopkins County Thursday, in front of Judge James Brantley.
The motion included several arguments:
- Salyers was denied the right to a speed trial. Salyers first trial was declared a mis-trial in June of 2013. The original allegations stemmed from incidents in 2010.
- Salyers attorney argued the testimony of witnesses changed over time and appeared to be coached.
- Defense attorney, Lucien Cisney, argued that certain jurors could have known Salyers personally and this may have impacted their verdict.
- The defense argued certain statements made by Commonwealth Attorney, David Massemore, during his closing arguments painted Salyers in a negative light.