Mistrial declared for man accused of sex crimes

 

A mistrial was declared Wednesday after the lawyer for a man accused of sex crimes against children said she didn’t receive all the discovery materials from the district attorney’s office.

The evidence against Robert Gruka, who was indicted on 14 counts of sex crimes, was provided to the public defender’s office, but was not passed on to the trial attorney because of an “administrative oversight,” Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine said in an e-mail.

The trial was postponed Tuesday afternoon to allow Gruka’s attorneys to review the evidence. When court was reconvened Wednesday morning, Jean Colohan said she still hadn’t had sufficient time to review the evidence against her client. Her second motion for a mistrial based on those facts was granted, Paine said.

The trial is rescheduled for Oct. 3.

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