Charges Dismissed Against Fluvanna Teen
On August 19, 2009, in the Fluvanna County Juvenile Court, charges of credit card fraud and credit card theft were dismissed against the defendant, R.A. Logan*. In this case argued by Horace F. Hunter, the judge found the evidence was completely lacking against Logan and subsequently dismissed all charges.
The case stemmed from the theft of a credit card from another Fluvanna teen while at a gathering of students sent home earlier due to a power outage at the high school. Soon after the party, a teen discovered several unauthorized charges made to his credit card. After the credit card was reported stolen, the authorities quickly turned their investigation to J. Holman,* whose home address appeared to have been used to make some of the fraudulent charges to the stolen credit card. Holman quickly implicated Logan and, as a result, Logan was charged.
The problem with the case for the prosecution was that Holman was known to authorities to be a delinquent. In fact, when called to testify as a witness at trial, Holman was incarcerated in the county’s juvenile detention center on unrelated charges. Another problem for the prosecution was the fact that a significant portion of Holman’s testimony was contradictory. He changed his testimony during the course of the trial more than once and he was also unable to recall important details regarding what he allegedly witnessed.
By the end of the trial, the judge expressed grave concerns regarding the testimony of Holman and subsequently dismissed the charges.
*Not real name
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