Two mistrials in three years for Athens rape case


Alex Michael Mosby

By Joe Johnson

For the second time in three years, the trial of an Athens man accused of rape ended with a mistrial.

Alex Michael Mosby, 30, was arrested on April 6, 2018 after a woman who locked herself in the bathroom of her Mitchell Bridge Road apartment to call 911 and reported that she had been sexually assaulted.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, a property manager unlocked the door of the apartment, where they found Mosby naked on the bed and the alleged victim still locked in the bathroom.

A Clarke County grand jury later that month indicted Mosby on charges of kidnapping, rape, and two counts of aggravated sodomy.

When the case went to trial in December 2018, Judge Eric Norris, through a directed verdict, acquitted Mosby of the kidnapping charge.

The jury later deadlocked on the remaining charges and the judge declared a mistrial.

The case again went to trial this week, this time with Judge Lawton Stephens presiding.

After jurors reportedly deadlocked on Thursday, with six jurors voting to convict and six voting to acquit, Stephens declared a mistrial, finding that the jury was “hopelessly deadlocked.”

It could not be immediately determined Friday whether the District Attorney’s Office planned to try Mosby a third time.

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