An Arizona prison inmate convicted of kidnapping and sex crimes in Kansas will get a new trial in Franklin County next month. A mistrial was declared in the case of Ralph Corey because jurors deciding his fate used a smartphone to do additional research on the case during deliberations. Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting says jurors are required to deliberate solely on the evidence presented during a trial, and are not allowed to get more information on their own.
Corey was convicted of kidnapping, attempted rape and aggravated sexual battery in connection with an 2000 incident in Ottawa that involved a Williamsburg teenager. Corey was extradited to Kansas from Arizona after a Kansas Bureau of Investigation cold-case program matched his DNA to the Ottawa kidnapping.