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.