- Last Updated on 11:41 AM 04/23/12
- BY Staff
A Halifax County Circuit Court jury comprised of seven women and five men found 54-year-old Nathalie resident Donald William Lloyd not guilty Friday of nine sex-related crimes, following a two-day trial.
The jury found Lloyd not guilty of five charges for aggravated sexual abuse, three for object sexual penetration and one for forcible sodomy.
In their opening statements, both prosecutor Will Hamilton and defense attorney Charles Cosby acknowledged difficulties the defendant had with the alleged victims in the case, Lloyd’s step-daughters, ages 9 and 12 at the time.
Cosby told the jury that evidence would “portray a family in turmoil,” describing Lloyd as a “demanding man who was hard to live with.”
The defense attorney indicated that the relationship between Lloyd and his step-daughters had deteriorated over time, providing a motive for the girls to “lie about sexual assault to get [Lloyd] out of the house.”
“There was no way to get rid of him except allegations of sexual abuse,” Cosby told the jury, adding they had to decide if the charges were in fact true even with the absence of any physical evidence.
“Do you believe them and does it make common sense?” Cosby asked.