Oklahoman charged in controversial child rape case dies
Authorities say a man who was convicted of raping a child but received a sentence amounting to one year in jail has died.
McALESTER (AP) — Authorities say a man who was convicted of raping a child but received a sentence amounting to one year in jail has died.
Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns told the McAlester News Capital that David Earls died about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at a McAlester hospital, where he was taken after developing flu-like symptoms.
Earls was expected to face trial on a 2009 grand jury indictment charging him with lewd and indecent acts with a child under 16.
The indictment came after Earls was sentenced to 20 years in prison with the last 19 years suspended in a 2008 child rape case. With time-served Earls was nearing a release date on the one-year sentence when he was indicted.
His attorney, Al Hoch, didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.
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