Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Fled Trial Convicted of Rape in Decade-Old Case Parents Financed Life as Fugitive, Police Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Fled Trial Convicted of Rape in Decade-Old Case Parents Financed Life as Fugitive, Police Say

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Alex Kelly, the former high school athlete who fled to Europe for eight years to avoid trial, was convicted Thursday of raping a girl a decade ago.

He cried out, "I'm not guilty! I'm not guilty! I'm not guilty!" He then looked at the jury and pleaded: "God, I didn't do this. Why are you doing this to me? I am not guilty."

Kelly, 30, was tried in November for raping the 16-year-old in 1986, but that jury voted 4-2 in favor of conviction, causing a mistrial. Kelly could go to prison for 20 years. No sentencing date was set. After a hearing, Judge Kevin Tierney ruled that Kelly could remain free on the $1 million bail he posted when he was arrested in 1995. One of the most notable differences in the two trials was the testimony from Kelly's accuser. She testified that Kelly offered her a ride home from a high school party, and then forced her into the cargo area of a Jeep, where, she said, he choked her, raped her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. …

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