Haidl Mistrial Results in Shift of Tactics

SANTA ANA [CA] � Prosecutors streamlined their case Friday against three teenage boys accused of filming the gang rape of an unconscious teenage girl by dropping 15 of 24 felony counts, potentially giving the defendants a shot at probation if convicted at a second trial.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Charles J. Middleton, who joined the prosecution's trial team, said his office wanted to simplify the case against Gregory Scott Haidl � the son of an assistant sheriff � Kyle Joseph Nachreiner and Keith James Spann, all 19, after the first trial ended with a hung jury in July.

The nine remaining charges, including rape, oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object and assault, could lead to a maximum 23-year prison sentence if a jury convicts on all charges.

Details here from the Orange County Register. (via How Appealing)