New trial set for October after hung jury in Lawrence Central teen’s rape case


Jabril Scruggs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2015)– A jury found a 17-year-old rape suspect not guilty on one count of criminal confinement Wednesday. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a rape charge and another charge of criminal confinement.

Jabril Scruggs is accused of attacking a classmate at Lawrence Central High School in March of 2014. Defense Attorney Vincent Scott told FOX59 News that while his client doesn’t deny having sex with the girl, he argues it was consensual.

A new trial for the undecided counts will begin on October 15.

No matter the outcome of the rape trial, Scruggs faces other serious charges.

He is accused of killing James Johnson, 16, on the playground at Hawthorne Place Apartments on East 34th Street in July of 2013.

Following Scruggs’ arrest last year on the rape charge, witnesses came forward to finger him for the Johnson killing.

The murder charge is pending as prosecutors await the outcome of the rape trial before moving forward.

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