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Rapist David Earls faces grand jury in new abuse allegation

RANDY ELLIS Modified: August 1, 2009 at 9:38 am •  Published: August 1, 2009
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also learned of more recent allegations that have not been charged.”

Details about what Edmondson wants the grand jury to investigate were filed under seal.

Reviewing the case
Since Earls entered his guilty plea, his adult daughter and the adult daughter of a woman once married to Earls have come forward to say they were sexually attacked by Earls when they were children.

In addition, it has been disclosed that the 5-year-old brother of the girl who was raped also had injuries consistent with child abuse.

Edmondson said Friday that attorneys in his office have been reviewing state statutes and state and federal case law, especially as they relate to statute of limitations, double jeopardy and double punishment.

"We have strong evidence to present to the grand jury, and we stand on solid legal ground to pursue our allegations on these new crimes,” Edmondson said. "Knowledge of Earls’ alleged history of abuse will bolster our argument that he is a continuing threat.”

The Oklahoma Supreme Court appointed Judge Maley to preside over the grand jury after Judge Bartheld, who had accepted Earls’ plea agreement, agreed not to be involved in the case.

Bartheld said he thought he could be fair and impartial, but he stepped aside to "avoid the appearance of impropriety.”

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