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Commodore Pipes
23rd April 07, 01:06 PM
Man acquitted of kidnapping, raping teens

Convicted sex offender had argued that the two girls made up story


http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/ap/7e4a05fd-6d86-4d42-9200-fa134a910716.widec.jpg (http://www.sociocide.com/forums/) Mary Ann Chastain / AP
DARLINGTON, S.C. - A South Carolina jury on Monday acquitted a man accused of raping two teen girls in an underground bunker last year.

Kenneth Glenn Hinson wiped his eyes and mouth and appeared to cry after the jury said he was not guilty of kidnapping, sex crimes and assault with intent to kill. "I think the verdict says it all," he said as he was escorted from the courtroom.

The verdict followed about four hours of deliberations over two days. Hinson had faced a mandatory life sentence without parole under the state's two-strikes law because he was convicted of rape in 1991.

Authorities said the 48-year-old Hinson snatched the then-17-year-old girls from their bedroom last year and dragged them one at a time to a secret underground room beneath a tool shed, where he raped and left them bound with duct tape. Prosecutors said Hinson expected the girls to die because the room had no air supply.

But during the six-day trial, Hinson said the girls had consensual sex with him. He said they made up the story so they would be able to take drugs from the underground room, where he stored marijuana.

The accusers were not in the courtroom when Hinson was acquitted. Their mothers and other relatives wept. They declined to comment after the verdict.
The room under Hinson's tool shed was about the length and width of a mid-sized car with a ceiling about 4 1/2 feet high. He testified Sunday about how he carefully built the room over two years.

Prosecutor is shocked

During the trial, defense attorney Rick Hoefer had suggested the teens set the whole story up so they could take marijuana from the underground room without Hinsonís being able to retaliate.

Hoefer spent much of his nearly two-hour closing argument Sunday picking apart what he called inconsistencies in the teens' testimony, like how long it took to call 911 and whether they saw Hinson with a gun.

Prosecutors said any discrepancies in their stories might be because of the trauma the teens went through.


"We are shocked and stunned. We believed Mr. Hinson was guilty as charged. We still believe he is guilty as charged,' said Attorney General Henry McMaster, who helped prosecute the case.

Hinson was not immediately freed. He was being held on a federal firearms charge because he had a gun when he was arrested. Convicted felons are not permitted to carry weapons.

Copyright Associated Press blah blah blah.


Original story here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18273283/

I could have sworn that it was easier to get pot. Perhaps I was wrong. Oh, well. I wonder if it will be okay for him to use drugs to get other minors to have sex with him in the future, seeing as how he is a convicted sex offender and all.

OZZ
23rd April 07, 04:48 PM
Guy is a piece of shit..already convicted before.
All pedophiles should be mercilessly executed or , if they keep them alive, castrated.

ojgsxr6
23rd April 07, 05:25 PM
I believe 17 is the age of consent in SC.

SpringHeeledJack
23rd April 07, 11:46 PM
I believe 17 is the age of consent in SC.

Correct. This thing got a whole lot of coverage here. Everybody I know pretty much thought he was guilty, but we weren't in the courtroom so maybe they heard more than we did. I still think he did it and should be bludgeoned to death. Maybe if we're lucky he'll have an "accident." Oh yeah, I hate this state.

WarPhalange
24th April 07, 12:07 AM
So even though the court decided he wasn't guilty in fucking SC, you still want to kill him?

I think it's because of people like you that the state sucks.

AAAhmed46
24th April 07, 12:20 AM
What if he really didn't do it?

Wait, did Johnny Chochrain die?

WarPhalange
24th April 07, 12:26 AM
He was already convicted of rape once. That means he already looked guilty to the jury coming in. It took a lot of evidence (or persuasion...) to convince the jury otherwise.

AAAhmed46
24th April 07, 12:29 AM
Were these girls hot?

Steve
24th April 07, 01:13 AM
Were these girls hot?

Why do you ask?

emboesso
24th April 07, 05:59 AM
I believe 17 is the age of consent in SC.

Guys who have memorized the ages of consent of the states give me the creeps.

WarPhalange
24th April 07, 08:53 AM
Why do you ask?

Because if they weren't, then he would have no incentive to rape them.

Commodore Pipes
24th April 07, 10:50 AM
^^^^^^^

Good point. Although the age thing alone might be appealing enough for this guy.

I think it is interesting that this guy has a whole hidden 'pot room.' Most people I know don't go to those lengths, but I'm sure he has a valid reason that has absolutely nothing to do with imprisoning and raping girls.

billy sol hurok
24th April 07, 11:09 AM
No shit.

That must have been some amazing lawyering. Explaining away the underground bunker -- especially in light of the prior conviction -- must have been challenging.

SpringHeeledJack
24th April 07, 01:48 PM
The jury wasn't privy to his criminal record.

Shawarma
24th April 07, 01:53 PM
Boy, must some of them be feelin' stoopid now.

billy sol hurok
24th April 07, 03:07 PM
The jury wasn't privy to his criminal record.
http://home.comcast.net/%7Ebob3160/RememberOurGang/OurGang08.jpg



That's hard to believe, unless this bit of the article was misstated:


But during the six-day trial, Hinson said the girls had consensual sex with him. He said they made up the story so they would be able to take drugs from the underground room, where he stored marijuana.
This certainly suggests that he took the stand. Which means he was open to cross-examination/impeachment. And if the state couldn't get his prior RAPE conviction into evidence -- with the guy maintaining that there was sex, but with consent -- then the defendant's lawyer is even better than I thought.

SpringHeeledJack
24th April 07, 08:31 PM
I don't know how it happened. That's just what they said on the news here. I can't find a source to cite though. I'll talk to my brother-in-law, a prosecutor in a different county, tomorrow and see what he says.

Dagon Akujin
25th April 07, 01:41 AM
Guys who have memorized the ages of consent of the states give me the creeps. (http://www.ageofconsent.com/ageofconsent.htm)

fixed.

nihilist
9th May 07, 11:44 PM
The penalty for a 48 year old bringing teen girls into an underground anything should be castration with a rusty razor.

WarPhalange
9th May 07, 11:47 PM
For the guy or the girls?

nihilist
10th May 07, 12:09 AM
Well, in SC everybody should be sterilized.