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Testimony Under Way Friday During Sentencing Phase of Johnny Ray Conley Trial

Prosecutors called at least six witnesses to testify Friday morning during the sentencing phase of Johnny Ray Conley’s trial. The 53-year-old Cooper man was convicted by the eight woman, four man jury Friday night of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, who was reportedly about 8 when the offenses occurred.

Friday morning, Assistant District Attorneys Jodi Cox and Matt Harris called three young women who testified earlier in the week to the charges Conley was accused of as well as other alleged sexual acts and two instances in which Conley was accused of exposing himself to them when they were juveniles. They described the impact that had on them. The mothers of two youth Conley was accused of exposing himself to also testified Friday the impact it had on their daughters as well as them.

Court was recessed around 11:30 a.m. Friday, with jurors instructed by 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt to return at 1:15 p.m. with court to resume at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 18. He told jurors the court needed to make additional accomodations.

Additional witnesses were expected to be called Friday afternoon, before the attorneys give closing arguments and the jury is given the charge to deliberate punishment.

Author: Faith Huffman

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