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Published: Saturday, 4/28/2007

Hearings for retrial continue in Schuster case

The return of jurors and potential jurors in the 2005 rape case against Elissa Schuster continued in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday as prosecutors hope to prove that a new trial is not warranted in the case.

Schuster, 25, was convicted by a jury on charges that she sexually assaulted a young girl and sent nude images of the child via the Internet to a man in Tampa, whom she believed to be a player with the National Football League. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Attorney Chuck Boss filed a motion in December alleging that one of the jurors who decided Schuster's case made a statement about her guilt prior to the start of her trial.

Over five days of hearings, 22 jurors and potential jurors have been called to testify whether they heard the statement. To date, all have testified that they did not.

Dean Mandros, a county assistant prosecutor, asked for another day to bring in the last of those in the jury pool in that case. Judge Ruth Ann Franks will decide on the motion.

Schuster was returned to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. The hearing will resume May 22.

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