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South Carolina man jailed for 2 years found not guilty

COLUMBUS, N.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who spent more than two years in jail awaiting trial has been found not guilty of a series of child sex crimes in a North Carolina courtroom.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, South Carolina, reported that 36-year-old Alfard Mullins of Landrum, South Carolina sat behind bars for 882 days before his trial started Aug. 31.

A jury in Columbus deliberated less than an hour before finding Mullins not guilty on all 13 counts, including first-degree rape of a child.

The charges came after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her child and a niece on numerous occasions.

Mullins says he had rejected a plea deal for a lesser sentence because he refused to plead guilty to something he didn’t do.

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