The trial of a Manhattan man facing three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy charges has been delayed and motions from the state were granted during a hearing in Riley County District court Friday. Jase Stanton was present for the hearing with an April sixth through eighth trial now set for the case.
Detective Brian Johnson with the Riley County Police Department took the stand during the motions hearing, testifying as to advising Stanton of his Miranda rights prior to speaking with him at the police department. Johnson was talking to Stanton in connection with June seventh incidents last year in which three men allege Stanton performed sexual acts on them while they were “passed out.” Following questioning by both Deputy County Attorney Bethany Fields and Defense Attorney Phylemon Yau, Judge Meryl Wilson granted the state’s motion to allow the defendant’s statement, saying there was no evidence Stanton was coerced in any way and that he freely and voluntarily gave his statement.
Evidence presented was also ruled admissable. Judge Wilson indicated that while the evidence, which apparently involved prior similar acts, was clearly prejudicial, but that the probative aspects outweigh any prejudicial factors.
Jury panel questionnaires were also discussed, with the Judge taking the matter under advisement.