Post Won’t Testify At Trial As Defense Rests
MAYVILLE – The northern Chautauqua County resident who is accused of sexually molesting at least five different girls ages 1-11 has chosen not to testify.
On Wednesday the defense rested in the case involving Dustin Post without bringing forward any witnesses.
The 27-year-old is facing nine indictments in the trial. When the trial began Jan. 26, there were 13 indictments against him, all related to accusations of sexual misconduct which took place from 2015-2019 involving five different children. Tuesday, County Court Judge David Foley removed four of the charges and left nine in place.
Wednesday morning, the prosecution tried to bring back one of the charges, insisting that they felt they had met the burden of proof. However when Assistant District Attorney Tracey Brunecz requested the judge hear their argument, he refused, saying he made his ruling the day prior and that it was final.
After legal arguments, the jury was brought in Wednesday morning when they were told that the defense would not be presenting any witnesses. Foley told them they are not to interpret that as an admission of guilt and then dismissed the jurors, saying that Thursday morning they would hear closing arguments and be given additional instructions.
For coverage from Tuesday: https://www.post-journal.com/news/top-stories/2023/02/prosecution-rests-after-more-testify-in-post-trial/