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Man in Oklahoma child rape case dies

David Earls, a man in a child rape case, died at a McAlester hospital Saturday after being taken there from jail with flu-like symptoms.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: February 8, 2011

In June, more accusations of molestation became public, but Pittsburg County District Attorney Jim Bob Miller said his office didn't file charges because prosecutors lacked corroboration and supporting evidence. At that time, Miller said the new revelations involved Earls' original victims. Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson had wanted to try Earls on those new allegations.

Witnesses also were controversial. A physician's assistant on the state's witness list was investigated for allegedly converting more than 200 drug prescriptions to her own use. Stacy Scroggins had examined one of Earls' victims in September 2008 and found signs of sexual abuse. Earls' attorneys argued that Scoggins' credibility was undermined as a witness due to the drug investigation.

Al Hoch, an attorney for Earls, did not return a call Monday seeking comment. has disabled the comments for this article.