Defense rests, in the Hamilton case, decision left to the Jury

(Casper, Wyo.) - After four long days of tears and testimonies the Defense has rested its case in the trial of Shaun Hamilton. This afternoon the State District Attorney Kevin Taheri concluded his case telling the twelve member Jury, "You are the sole credibility in this case. The defense claims the two victims, who spoke to you, came in and framed this guy, in clear blue sky. Yet the alleged victims came forward, they went through rape kits, and told their story to complete strangers in this courtroom. To say that they framed him, that's not reasonable, that's absurd." "We are not talking about what is possible, but what is reasonable. " Hamilton's Defense Attorney, Hampton Young took center stage and told the Jury, "These cases are highly, highly emotional. But you all begin with a presumption of innocence, and must prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Hamilton committed these crimes." The Defense focused their case on the inconsistencies of the two alleged victims' testimonies. "Children can be coached into saying what the adults want them to say. Children are going to say what you want them to say. Kids have tremendous imaginations." He ended his statements to the Jury, "There are two sides to every story. Ladies and gentleman, there is reasonable doubt." It is now left to the Jury to decide if Mr. Hamilton is guilty of the alleged crimes. Hamilton faces between 20 to 50 years as maximum penalties for the charges if convicted. He has been charged with sexual assault, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Click to read more about this Case . #oilcity #news