This week, registered sex offender Jeremy Williams, 38, was standing trial for sexual assault case that could land him up to 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Williams had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental illness or deficiency
because of the possibility that his drink at a bar the night of the attack
on the victim might have been drugged.
The theory was reportedly central to his defense team, but during the
testimony at trial of a doctor at a laboratory who had analyzed blood
samples, it became clear evidence had been misunderstood by both the
prosecution and the defense.
Two blood samples were on a report from the lab, one indicating there were
drugs in the sample and one finding none. Both were believed to have come
from Williams, but it came out during testimony that that sample showing
drugs was not Williams and was not connected to the case.
Judge Norman E. Young granted the defense's motion for a mistrial; a new
trial in the case could be set for some time next month.
Read more background on the case here
*Photo of Jeremy Williams from the Wyoming Sex Offender Registry*