Pickens found guilty in re-trial

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. -- An Ardmore man who police say confessed and was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl was found guilty for a second time on Tuesday.

The guilty verdict came down Tuesday morning in the re-trial of Acea Pickens, 28.

He was convicted last year on three counts of rape by instrumentation and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

His attorneys appealed on the grounds the court did not make it clear he would serve 85 percent of that sentence and won.

He faces life in prison and will be sentenced in July.

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  • by Jury Member Location: Ardmore on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    God bless you too, Harry. I've been glad to correspond with you.
  • by Harry Location: Ardmore on Jul 9, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    Jury member-Thank You for all of your feedback, insight and openess with this situation. I think that the young lady involved in this situation will (hopefully) recover. She has a good support system and I believe has had some counseling, so hopefully all goes well. Please rest your heart and mind that you did what you could do in this situation and I would have reacted the same way you did and as far as the other jury member "the jerk", Let just pray for him. Thank You and I have really enjoyed corresponding with you. God Bless!
  • by Jury Member on Jul 6, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    I agree 100% with you. 11 out of the 12 jurors agree 100% with you, but unfortunately, 12 out of 12 jurors were required to agree on the punishment. We didn't "let" the jerk curb our decision - the law did. By law, it had to be a unanimous decision. The vote was 11-1 for a harsh sentence, but the judge wasn't allowed to accept that decision because it wasn't unanimous. There was yelling and even tears in that jury room because of the hold-out juror. He would not change his decision. He said that we could sit in that room for weeks and scream at him, and he wouldn't change his decision.(At that point, a couple of jurors and myself wondered if he had his own agenda).At least one other juror (I ran into this juror out shopping days after the trial was over) as well as myself had nightmares after the trial. We were nearly as upset at the jerk juror as we were about Acea. Short of knocking the jerk juror in the head with a crowbar (which seems like a good thing to have done!), our hands were tied by the law. We informed the judge at least 2 times that the jury was deadlocked. After a couple of communications between the judge and the jury, the judge decided to sentence Acea himself. By the way, there was so much contention and yelling in the jury room that the judge actually moved the jury to another room further away from the court (we were too loud). I must admit, I was one of the "yellers". If the judge hadn't decided to sentence Acea himself, I would have gladly stayed in that room for days on end to see to it that Acea was properly punished and that society would be safe from him. You are right - he is a textbook predator, and I'll bet the farm that he has other victims. I hope and pray that the beautiful, articulate young lady that took the stand will be ok and able to have a good life. Here's something scary: the jerk juror works with kids.
  • by Harry Location: Ardmore on Jul 6, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    LIFE LIFE LIFE...simply put....He beat the system....
  • by Harry Location: Ardmore on Jul 6, 2007 at 08:08 AM
    So, basically you are saying that 1 out 12 individuals, prevented the entire group from enforcing justice upon this idiot. Is it just me or does it seem rather strange that Acea's jobs evolved around dealing directly with children (sounds like a pedaphile to me). He had "WET DREAMS" about a 12 you old child. Come on what planet was this jury member from? He was suppose to be a father figure and a "GODLY" man. 24 years was good but LIFE would have been even more appropriate. Drug deals get 30 and 40 years. Which says crimes that drugs are more imporatant than our children....What am I missing here? You guys had an opportunity to make and example out of this creature, predator, sicko in our society and let one person curb your decision. Sir or mame have you thought about the fact that Acea may have done this same thing to other children who is afraid or even ashamed to come forward? This guy purposely worked in Shelters, community centers and even in the public school system around our most treasured and vunerable pupll. He should have been dealt with appropriately and 24 yrs just didn't quite do it for me. I heard that he said that he felt the 12 yr. old child came on to him. Enough said right there......He is even more "Wacko" than his wife.....pls. respond!
  • by Jury Member Location: Ardmore on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    EVERYONE in the jury except one male wanted to give Acea a big sentence. Some wanted life, some wanted 25 years, and a few wanted 20 years. This particular man came into the jury room and said right off the bat that Acea didn't deserve any more than 16 years. I think that guy would have given him less than 16 years if he could have. This guy behaved in an ignorant, chauvinistic manner, and just didn't take the whole process very seriously. He laughed and made jokes the whole time. He thought that the arresting police detective "led on" Acea and made him admit to too much. He didn't think Acea did anything all that terrible. He didn't think the girl was much of a victim. It was almost like he felt sorry for Acea. He even went so far as to say that everyone makes mistakes, so why should Acea suffer in prison for his mistakes. He once compared Acea's "mistake" to going faster than the speed limit. (We other jurors gave him...heck...over that). He seemed to think that our anger at a child molester was a "witch hunt". Personally, I think that juror had issues of his own. I still get angry when I remember him. Anyway, that single juror kept the rest of us from handing down a severe sentence, so we gave the sentencing back to the judge.
  • by Harry Location: Ardmore on Jul 5, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    Jury member: I am a also a little confused on how 12 adults could not determine a sentence for Acea. From what I understand you all agreed that he was gullty. "Heck" he admitted to the crime. How hard would L.I.F.E would have been for 12 member. This tried to wiggle his way away from justice and failed in his quest. Please elaborate on what the issue was in regards to the sentencing detail, that seemed to stump the jury.
  • by Harry Location: Ardmore on Jul 5, 2007 at 05:58 AM
    Jury member: I am very "shocked" that the mother wasn't charged as well. She had prior knowledge of the Acea molesting her child and did nothing about it until the siutuation escalated. I am not very polished on the laws, but if I was the DA. i would go after her for Neglect and Child endangerment. Seems to me and other that I talk to, that she was more concerned about this idiot Acea vs. welfare and well being of her own daughter. This woman must have fell off of her "ROCKER" a long time ago. Acea was/is a pervert and she was an accomplice. So I say that she should be on 23 hr. lock down as well and the child should be with her biological father. He's a great guy!
  • by Jury Member Location: Ardmore on Jul 3, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    Harry - there was some discussion in the jury room that the mom wasn't faultless herself. I personally wondered why she wasn't charged with failure to protect her child.
  • by Horry Location: Ardmore on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    I personally know the biological father of the child, who was never given any type of visitation by Acea or his wife. The reason was because of this big secret that the both of them shared. I would just say give him 30 minutes alone with Acea and let him decide with "fists of fury" Acea's punishment. The wife should have been convicted of the crime also.
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