Trial in child molest case continued |

Trial in child molest case continued

A multi-victim molestation trial that was set to begin Monday with opening statements has instead been continued to Aug. 10 for further discussion and the setting of a new trial date.

Robert Lewis Taylor is facing one count of continuous sexual abuse, four counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of sexual battery by restraint and four counts of child molestation involving three girls, one of whom said she was 11 at the time.

Nevada County Superior Court Judge R.M. Smith granted the motion filed Monday by defense attorney Stephen Munkelt.

Munkelt said he received a DVD from the district attorney’s office last Friday; the DVD contained an interview conducted that day by the district attorney’s office with one of Taylor’s alleged victims.

Munkelt said there was “significant new information on the DVD which suggests that I need to do further investigation in order to develop a response to it.” He declined to go into detail about the new information.

Prosecutor Jennifer Ow was not immediately available for comment.

On Monday, Smith dismissed jury members for the day shortly after they were seated in the courtroom around 9 a.m.

He told the jury that over the weekend, “legal issues” arose that were “going to require some intense work by myself and the attorneys,” but needed to be resolved before the trial went forward.

The legal issues, Smith told the jurors, “are not part of your responsibilities.”

After the defense’s motion was granted, the jury was dismissed permanently, said Munkelt.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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