JOPLIN, Mo. | A second mistrial has been declared in a statutory-rape case against former girls basketball coach Joshua J. Long.
Circuit Judge David Dally declared the mistrial Tuesday when attorneys were unable to find enough qualified jurors from 48 Jasper County residents called to jury duty. Too many of the potential jurors indicated they were familiar with the case.
The Joplin Globe reports that the first mistrial was declared on Aug. 13 for the same reason.
The 31-year-old Long, a former teacher and coach at Carl Junction and McDonald County high schools, is charged with three counts of second-degree statutory rape involving a 16-year-old girl from Webb City.
Dally asked the attorneys to agree on another Missouri county from which to select a jury. If they can't agree, the judge said he will choose a county for the change of venue. ———t Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com