Appeals Court Overturns Sexual Battery Conviction Of Former Rapides Nurse
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A state appeals court overturned the sexual battery conviction of a former Rapides Regional Medical Center nurse accused of performing oral sex on a sedated male patient.
A three-judge panel from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal unanimously ruled Wednesday that Phillip Wayne Raines did not receive a fair trial when he was convicted in April 2012 because of statements witnesses made during the trial.
A jury deliberated less than an hour before convicting Raines on April 19, 2012, of sexual battery on a 23-year-old male patient who was sedated following an emergency procedure for appendicitis.
The appellate court said Judge Thomas Yeager should have declared a mistrial rather than simply striking from the record portions of Alexandria Police Officer Ronnie Howard's testimony.