BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- Lorinda Swain will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be getting a new trial or going back to prison for a child molestation she has always insisted she never committed. She has already served 7 years of a 25 to 50 year sentence.
Judge Conrad Sindt heard testimony from new witnesses, and the former prosecutor who insists at the time that Ronnie Swain, her adopted son and alleged victim was credible. He was a boy then. Now he is a young man and he says he made it all up to cover-up some misdeeds of his own.
Judge Sindt, who had already ordered up a new trial once on the basis of less new evidence than he has heard this time, seems likely to do it again, but given all the twists and turns this case has taken, Lorinda Swain can only wait...and worry, after all only her freedom is on the line.
Judge Sindt has given both attorneys three weeks to prepare and submit summation breifs. He will review them and then make his decision. If he orders a new trial, then the current prosecutor will have to decide if there is enough evidence to take the case to court, given that the key witnesses who testified against her 10 years ago, would now be testifying to defend her.