A Caddo Parish man on trial this week on two sex charges for acts since 2006 was acquitted on the more serious charge of rape, but the jury was unable to decide on a charge of indecent acts.
Paul Lee Bedgood, 34, of Greenwood, was acquitted of the charge of aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 13. But the jury was unable to come to a decision with regard to an amended charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. The aggravated rapes occurred between 2006 and 2009 and the indecent behavior about 2015 or 2016. The victims were sisters.
The four-man, eight-woman jury sat in District Judge Brady D. O’Callaghan’s courtroom.
Bedgood faced life imprisonment had he been convicted of the rape. Prosecutors have not yet determined whether they will try Bedgood again on the charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13.
Prosecutors in the trial just ended were Assistant District Attorneys Bill Edwards and Mekisha Smith Creal. Bedgood is represented by Ben Langford.