Testimony of social workers allowed in Kercheval Jr. case

By David Knopf/News Editor


Circuit Court Judge David Miller ruled Sept. 16 that the testimony of three social workers would be admissible as evidence in the state’s case against Darryl Kercheval Jr., a Richmond man charged in the alleged sexual assault of a girl who was then 12.

In the same ruling, Miller said that a statement made by the girl to her great-grandmother wouldn’t be allowed because the woman’s recollection of the event didn’t meet the court’s standard for reliability.

It’s the policy of the Richmond News not to identify the victims of alleged sexual crimes.

Kercheval, remaining in custody at Ray County Jail, was in court last week with his attorney, Public Defender Melinda Troeger, but wasn’t asked to testify. He is charged with felony counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and first-degree child molestation and is scheduled for a three-day jury trial beginning Oct. 17 in Carroll County.

See complete story in the Sept. 22 Richmond News

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