WACO (April 25, 2014) Twice in one week separate juries in McLennan County have found defendants in child sex assault cases not guilty.
The most recent case ended Thursday afternoon after a jury deliberated for a little more than an hour in the case against Christopher Samuel, Samuel's lawyer Waco attorney Philip Frederick said.
Just two days before a 54th District Court jury found Jason Johnell Taylor of Waco not guilty of sexual assault.
Taylor was arrested in August 2012 and was charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault after a woman told police a man whom she met at a local food bank followed her home and raped her.
Samuel was charged in connection with the June 2011 sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, Frederick said.
Samuel was tried in the 19th District Court before visiting retired Judge George Allen.
Frederick said the jury was out just a short time because the state failed to prove the allegations against his client.
"They believed he did not do it," Frederick said.
"I think the jury made the appropriate decision," Frederick said.
"There was not sufficient evidence" to convict him.
Frederick said Samuel, 25, took the stand in his own defense.