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Mo. prosecutor defends dismissing family sex case

Associated Press Modified: March 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm •  Published: March 8, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor who dismissed all charges against five men accused of molesting young relatives decades ago says she had no other option.

Lafayette County prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell says she made her decision after one of the accusers backed out and others were questioning her commitment to the case.

Wednesday's dismissal came more than two years after Burrell Mohler Sr. and his sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland, were charged.

Shocking claims of incest, bestiality and abortions were based on memories at least five siblings say they had been repressed for more than 20 years.

Two of the men spent more than two years in jail before being released, while the other three lived as accused child molesters as they awaited trials that never happened.