Jury acquits Denison man in child porn case

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A man charged with possessing child porn was found not guilty by a Grayson County jury Wednesday morning.

Back in 2016, Marshal Decker was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury for possessing child porn.

District attorney Brett Smith says federal detectives discovered child porn was being downloaded in his Denison home in 2013.

"We had a large volume of child porn being downloaded to an IP address that was linked to the defendant's residence," Smith said.

Decker was indicted on 9 counts of child porn possession.

But Defense attorney Bob Jarvis, who worked alongside Mark Teague, said other people lived in the home and would share a computer, so it couldn't be proven that Decker downloaded the images.

"There were two roommates, and people in and out," Jarvis said. "There was also a relative that basically lived on the couch and he didn't have a job. He was always on this laptop, and we found out his is a sex offender."

After only 40 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Decker not guilty.

"So ultimately they erred on the side of caution, and we respect their verdict," Smith said.

Smith said it was time to try the case regardless of the outcome.

"I realized this was a case that needed to be tried. It's important that I not ask another prosecutor in this office to do something I wouldn't do myself," Smith said.

Decker's family didn't want to go on camera but said it was an emotional and positive ending to years of waiting, and now they can move on.

"It's the best feeling when somebody who has been falsely accused got their day in court," Jarvis said. "Somebody listened to what happened and said, you didn't do it."



 
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