Purdy found guilty on charges of rape
The trial of a Hoyt resident charged with sexual crimes involving a 3-year-old girl ended sooner than attorneys said they expected with a pair of guilty verdicts on Tuesday afternoon in Jackson County District Court.
Following an hour of deliberations, a jury found Theodore J. Purdy III, 26, guilty on charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in an incident or incidents that reportedly occurred in September or October of 2016.
Purdy now faces sentencing on the charges at a June 15 hearing and was remanded to the Jackson County Detention Center until then on a motion by Jackson County Attorney Shawna Miller.
A three-day trial had originally been scheduled for Purdy, but with Miller only bringing two witnesses to the trial and Holton defense attorney Jason Belveal calling only two witnesses — Purdy and his father — the trial ended on the same day it began.