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Judge declares mistrial in Brooksville prostitution sting

BROOKSVILLE — County Judge Donald Scaglione declared a mistrial Wednesday after prosecutors introduced a new piece of evidence in a solicitation of prostitution case without telling the defense attorney.

The judge rescheduled the case against Geoffrey Daughtry of Brooksville for early December.

The problem emerged after the Brooksville Police Department asked the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to enhance a barely audible recording from the undercover sting that nabbed Daughtry.

Prosecutors didn't believe it helped but played the new audio disc for the jury. The defense attorney discovered this halfway only afterward while questioning an officer on the stand.

The judge could have held an evidentiary hearing but out of caution ended the trial. The development is not expected to delay the remaining four solicitation cases expected to go to court his week.

The case was one of nearly three dozen arrests made by the Brooksville police in September during a sting operation aimed at curbing solicitation in various parts of the city.

Judge declares mistrial in Brooksville prostitution sting 11/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:15pm]
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