Defense Rests in Roberson Trial

Lauderdale County, Miss. The defense has rested in the trial of former Clarkdale softball coach, Rick Roberson. District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell says Roberson was tried for four counts of lustful touching of a child and three counts of exploitation of a child, the charges involving players.

Twelve witnesses were called by the defense, including the oncologist who was treating Roberson when some of the alleged incidents happened. Some current and former Clarkdale softball players, two of Roberson's daughters and his wife also testified.

One of Roberson's daughters and his wife detailed his physical limitations due to cancer treatments during some of the times when the alleged misconduct occurred. Roberson's wife cried through portions of her testimony.

Court was recessed until 9 a.m. Thursday, when the defense and prosecution will make closing statements. After that the jury will get its instructions and then begin deliberations.

If found guilty, Roberson could face up to 15 years in prison for each of the lustful touching charges, and up to 40 years behind bars for each of the exploitation charges.


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