11/18/2010 - Isabella County Rape Trial Entering Third Day
A rape trial in Isabella County heads into its third day today. Robin Heath of Shepherd is accused of raping a minor.
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#1 Nov 19, 2010
A Shepherd area man accused of molesting a teenage girl was acquitted on all charges in Isabella County Trial Court Wednesday afternoon.
Jurors in the trial against Robin Lynn Heath took an hour and a half to find him innocent of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree CSC in Judge Mark Duthie's Mt. Pleasant courtroom.
Heath was also acquitted of a charge of intimidating a witness.
"The jury system works," said Heath's attorney, Elias Muawad, who practices in Bloomfield Hills. "Obviously, they had some reasonable doubt about (the alleged victim and her mother)."
Muawad said enough credibility issues arose to cast doubt on the alleged victim, who he said admitted to lying on the stand while he was questioning her.
Muawad also said he believes that the girl and her mother lied to police in an attempt to ruin Heath's life and that the case should have been further investigated because of credibility issues.
The quick verdict makes Muawad believe that jurors had made their minds up during testimony Monday, when the trial began.
Heath, who had been released from jail after posting bond in March, is going to "move on with his life" and expand his business, Robin Hood's Barbecue in Mt. Pleasant, Muawad said.
Muawad wrapped up his defense Wednesday morning, arguing that the girl and her mother were lying.
He said there were discrepancies in testimony regarding what allegedly happened Feb. 20, the day the girl said Heath molested her.
Muawad also said there were other discrepancies in the girl's testimony and her mother's.
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