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Guilty verdict in trial

The trial of a Marianna man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Liberty County last year ended in a guilty verdict. It took a jury just over two hours last Wednesday to convict Zachary Ray “Red” McCormick, 19, of sexual battery. According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was at a surprise birthday party for a friend in Hosford back in February 2010 when she met McCormick. Later in the evening, the girl said she went for a ride with McCormick, he stopped in the middle of the road, told her she was pretty, then attempted to kiss her. She reportedly told him “no” and pushed him away. The girl went on to allege that McCormick raped her then stated, “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you,” then got back in the truck and drove back to the party. Once the girl went to authorities, McCormick was interviewed and denied having sex with her. However, DNA found on the girl’s clothing matched McCormick, leading to his arrest. McCormick is in custody at the Liberty County Jail awaiting sentencing on Apr. 4.

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