August 23, 2013

Jury reaches not guilty verdict

Bell found not guilty for class B felony.

By Amie Sites

---- — Zachary Bell, Logansport, was found not guilty of child molestation after jury deliberations this afternoon.

Bell was found not guilty of the class B felony he faced in an incident that occurred Feb. 6, 2011, in which a 12-year-old girl's mother accused him of sexually assaulting the girl.

The jury trial lasted three days and the jury deliberated two hours and 10 minutes before reaching a verdict Friday.

Cass Superior II Judge Rick Maughmer presided over Bell's case. Bell was represented by Matthew Barrett and Lisa Swaim was the attorney for the prosecution.

Pick up Sunday's Pharos-Tribune to read about the closing arguments from the prosecution and defense.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or