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Grieving Mother Not Sure New Trial Would Bring Peace

Grieving Mother Not Sure New Trial Would Bring Peace

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The sex abuse conviction of a former Moab school teacher has been overturned, and now the victim's mother is questioning whether a new trial would bring her family peace.

Arielle Beck was convicted of sexually abusing 14-year-old Kelly Sowell, who committed suicide two years after the trial.

Sowell's brother, Kevin, took his own life months later feeling he'd let his sister down, their mother Sherilyn Sowell says.

Now, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled that questions a judge asked Beck while she was on the stand may have prejudiced the jury.

Prosecutors have not decided whether they will retry Beck, who has spent four years in prison.

Sherilyn Sowell says she's not sure her family can go through another trial.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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