BELLEFONTE, PA (PIX11)—Jerry Sandusky will appear in court Tuesday for the first major hearing in the case. Pre-trial hearings are a matter of formality in many states, but in Pennsylvania they hold far greater importance where prosecutors lay out much of their case against the suspect.
What it means for the Sandusky case is that multiple victims will testify against him on Tuesday. Sandusky's lawyer Joseph Amendola said he wants the alleged victims to testify to specifics so he can "then start trying to prove that that probably didn't happen the way they said."
Legal experts are speculating whether the pre-trial hearing could set the state for a plea bargain. Sandusky is 67 years old and may explore possibilities of being released while he is still alive. The former Penn State coach is charged with 50 counts of child abuse, 10 accusers have stepped forward so far. Even after the scandal broke, Sandusky appeared to have benefited from a controversial decision by a Judge to release him without having to post bail. Judge Leslie Dutchcot made the controversial ruling after which media reports emerged of her connection to Second Mile, the charity Sandusky created to help troubled boys. Judge Dutchcot was later replaced.
Prosecutors have a key witness in the case, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, who testified before a grand jury that he witnessed Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the showers of the locker room at Penn State in 2002. Sex abuse cases rarely have witnesses, and McQueary's testimony may be a pivotal in this case.