Stafford prosecutor won’t seek to retry exonerated man
Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen will not seek to retry former North Stafford resident Edgar Coker on the charges vacated by a circuit court judge in a Feb. 10 ruling.
In making his decision, Olsen noted in a letter to Coker’s legal team that he had been informed that the Virginia Attorney General’s office is not appealing Judge Designate Jane Marum Roush’s ruling. The AG’s office had until Monday to decide whether to appeal.
That puts an end to nearly seven years of legal battles following a made-up rape accusation by a 14-year-old neighbor when Coker was 15.
In a story Sunday, I chronicle the impact on Coker’s life of living the past six years and eight months labeled a rapist and appearing on Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry. The story includes a timeline of the saga that began on June 4, 2007 and continued for years despite his accuser recanting her rape claim in November 2007.
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