Charges Dropped In Church Case

9 years 2 months 1 week ago November 07, 2007 Nov 7, 2007 Wednesday, November 07 2007 Wednesday, November 07, 2007 4:57:42 AM CST in News
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PINEVILLE (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a child sex-abuse case against the leader of a southwest Missouri church commune, his wife and his sister-in-law. A week before the scheduled trial, McDonald County prosecutors dismissed all charges against the Reverend Raymond Lambert; his wife, Patty Lambert; and Laura Epling, the wife of a church deacon. Defense lawyer Robert Evenson says charges were dropped because two women his clients were accused of abusing as girls had stopped cooperating with prosecutors. The case drew national attention last year. The Lamberts and two relatives were accused of abusing young girls for many years at their community on an isolated Ozarks farm. Evenson says the publicity ruined his clients' standing in the small, rural county.

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