No Verdict, Fritz Jury Dismissed For Weekend 8-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

No Verdict, Fritz Jury Dismissed For Weekend 8-27-2010

The jury was dismissed Friday in the trial of Cory Fritz, the former Owendale-Gagetown softball coach accused of having sex with a 14-year-old player.
Closing arguments were heard Friday by the jury and the case handed to them for deliberation.
The jury was excused due to the upcoming weekend and is set to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. on Monday.
During closing arguments, the prosecution told the jury that the defendant changed his story to fit the crime.
"I ask that you hold the defendant accountable," said Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene. "Accountable for what he did, what he admitted doing, and find him guilty of each of the 20 counts of criminal sexual conduct that have been brought in this case."
The defense argued that the prosecution never proved its case. "Mr. Fritz is absolutely, 100 percent not guilty," said defense attorney Kevin Rieman. "This case is awful and a difficult job, but he's not guilty and people did not even try to prove this case to beyond a reasonable doubt."
The 11 women and one man on the jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours on Friday before being dismissed.
Fritz is accused of having sex with one of his students, fathering her child, and then disposing of the baby's body.
The teen testified Wednesday that Fritz got her pregnant and helped her dispose of the baby's body.
Fritz is charged with 20 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each count carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Neither Fritz, nor the player, who is now 19 years old, have been charged in connection with the death of the baby.
Reene said the infant died after being born prematurely, and the remains were buried in a wooded area in Gagetown or Elmwood Township in June 2006.
WNEM TV5's Brian Wood was in the courtroom Friday and will have a live report beginning on TV5 News at 5 p.m.


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