Sunday, 26 May 2024

Jury acquits Clearlake Oaks man of battery, elder abuse charges

LAKEPORT – A Clearlake Oaks man accused of criminal threats, battery and elder abuse was acquitted of all charges this week.


On Wednesday, a Lakeport Superior Court jury returned not guilty verdicts on the charges against Joel Paulle, according to his defense attorney, Doug Rhoades of Lakeport.


Deputy District Attorney Rachel Abelson prosecuted Paulle's case. Abelson did not return a call seeking comment on the case.


Paulle was accused of a felony criminal threat against his neighbors, a charge of battery against a neighbor’s son, and two counts of elder abuse against his 82-year-old mother as a result of an April 2006 incident.


The neighbor and her son both testified against Paulle, but no charges were sustained, Rhoades reported.


Paulle’s mother had passed away while the trial was pending, which Rhoades said was due to health problems not related to the charges in the case.


The trial lasted only two days, Rhoades reported. After deliberating less than one hour, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all charges against Paulle.


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