Jury Acquits Derby Of Sexual Crimes
After approximately an hour of deliberations, a jury of 12 found Jeremy Seth Derby, 34, not guilty of eight sexually-based offenses.
The verdict was reached late Tuesday morning in Wetzel County Circuit Court and was heard before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel.
Derby had been indicted by the January 2015 grand jury and was charged with two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, four charges of sexual abuse by a custodian, and two charges of sexual abuse in the first degree. All of these offenses had allegedly taken place between Aug. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011.
Testimony was heard from several individuals late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning. Besides the alleged victim, jurors also heard from the alleged victim’s mother, a friend of the alleged victim, Sergeant Charles Kush of the West Virginia State Police, and Sergeant Jeff Shriver of the WVSP.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Carl “Worthy” Paul. Derby was defended by Rob McCoid.
For the full story on this trial, check out the Oct. 12 edition of the Wetzel Chronicle.