LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The jury is now set and ready to hear evidence and testimony in a high-stakes trial for Livonia resident John Fleming, who was arrested in Mount Morris in July 2014 for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
While Fleming, 19, sat clean-shaven and with buzz-cut hair in a white shirt, black pants and bright white sneakers with his arms folded on the defense table, the courtroom set to selecting an appropriate jury on the official first day of trial, a process which is made especially difficult by the sensitive nature of the case and potential testimony.
If found guilty, Fleming could face life in prison.
“Mr. Fleming is charged with A2 Felony Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, Sex Abuse, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child,” said Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey, the prosecutor in this case. “As a prosecutor, as a defense attorney, as a court, these cases are always difficult.”
Both DA McCaffrey and the defense in this case, Marcea Clark Tetamore, head of the Public Defender’s Office, were careful to ask whether potential jurors had any problem hearing evidence or listening to testimony pertaining to a crime of a sexual nature, and if they have personal or professional experiences, or those of family members have any experiences that could bias their decision to find Fleming either guilty or not guilty.
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PHOTO CAPTION: John Fleming. (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)