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Ex UPJ Student Trial Concludes

A partial verdict has been reached in the trial involving a former University of Pitt-Johnstown student accused of drugging and raping a woman in 2013.

The jury has found Cliff Maloney Jr. Not guilty of 4 of the 6 charges he faced including rape of a substantially impaired person rape of an unconsious victim and 2 counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Today deliberations lasting for about 2 hours following last night’s 8 hours of deliberations.

The jury reportedly asking an additional question about consent before reaching a decision.

Jurors told the judge they were quote dead locked on the 2 remaining counts meaning no verdict was reached for the charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent and sexual assault.

Maloney’s attorneys tells us they’re pleased with the outcome.

“Looking at the details of the allegation was pretty significant, because the versions didn’t match. I think Mr. Kratz’s cross examination of the affiant was significant. Yeah, I gave you some credit. Also, Mr. Maloney took the stand, he didn’t have to do that. He has the fifth amendment right to stay silent, but no one asked him his side of the story. What was significant in this trial is that after he took the stand, the commonwealth barely asked him any questions.”

Officials saying that a partial verdict is rare but it happens on occasion.

Now for those charges where a verdict was not reached a hearing will be scheduled where it’ll be decided whether they’ll be dismissed or retried.

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