Mistrial declared when defendant found dead

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A judge has ordered a mistrial in a continuous sexual abuse trial in San Antonio after the defendant was found dead in his home.

The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1dE0OyL ) reports that the mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of 48-year-old Joseph Michael Myers. Court records say he was accused of repeatedly molesting a brother and sister at a Universal City home during a two-year period ending in 2008. The children were between 6 and 8 years old at the time.

His trial was set to begin Wednesday morning. The medical examiner's office said Myers died Wednesday morning. An investigation is ongoing into the cause and manner of his death.

If convicted, he would have faced 25 years to life in prison.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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