After nine hours behind closed doors at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the military jury deciding the Army's sexual misconduct case against Staff Sgt. Delmar G. Simpson failed to reach a verdict yesterday and recessed until this morning.
The six-member panel has spent 25 hours weighing the case against the former instructor, who is accused of raping six female trainees 19 times between March 1995 and September 1996. Simpson, 32, has pleaded guilty to having consensual sex with five women, but has pleaded innocent to the rape charges. He also faces 35 less serious charges.
He could spend life in prison if convicted on one count of rape. Eleven other Aberdeen soldiers have been charged with crimes involving female trainees.
Pub Date: 4/29/97