New trial date set in Cotterman case

By Alexandra Newman -

SIDNEY — New trial dates have been set in the case against Jackson Center Police Chief Joseph Cotterman.

A new jury will file into court on Jan. 19, 2017, to hear both sides of the alleged incident which will have happened nearly a year prior. It is set to last three days, but could go as long as needed.

Cotterman, a 36-year-old Jackson Center resident, has been charged with one count of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the fourth-degree. He is accused of having sexual contact with a 19-year-old female on Jan. 27, 2016.

The original trial at the beginning of October ended with a mistrial due to a technology error.

Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell was showing the jury a video of an interview Cotterman did with the detective on the case. Before playing the video, the prosecution and defense agreed to only show portions of the video to the jury.

Sell was to mute, or pause and skip over, the part of the video they didn’t want the jury to hear. He accidentally showed more of the video than he meant to, saying, “Some of the things in the video could have been prejudicial to the jury.”

The defense, Attorney Jeremy Tomb, made a motion for a mistrial, the prosecution didn’t object, and the judge granted it.

A seperate charge, of rape, against Cotterman is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 21.

By Alexandra Newman

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