Bates said he didn’t know anything about the allegations when he left for Ohio.
During closing arguments Tuesday morning, Assistant District Attorney Kim Conyers asked the jury to weigh the credibility of Bates’ testimony and the evidence presented over the course of the trial.
Conyers said the victim was 12 at the time of the alleged crimes. She asked the jury to consider if a 12-year-old child is sophisticated enough to maintain the details of a lie two years after the incidents.
“(The victim) has no reason to lie to you,” she said. “The man who hid in the attic and went to Ohio two days later, he’s the one with reason to lie.”
Conyers said Bates left Oklahoma — leaving behind his belongings and all of his tools — and did not come back to Oklahoma but was brought back.
“It boils down to this, either you believe this child or you don’t,” Conyers said.
Talley said he believed the jury did a great job in determining the verdict Tuesday.
“I think the jury did their job to the letter of the law,” he said. “They didn’t get caught up in the emotion of having children involved in the case and they demonstrated an unbelievable ability to determine right from wrong.”
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn did not return a call to The Transcript to comment on the outcome of the jury trial.
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