DA Matulewicz: Victor Hare’s tough, circumstantial case difficult to prosecute

SUNBURY – Four hours of deliberations Thursday produced three questions from the jury, and a split verdict in the Victor Hare child death case. The jury started over the noon hour and finished just after 4:00 p.m. During that time they had questions about the exact definition of aggravated assault and indecent assault, and specifically the DNA in the case.

Those are the two charges on which they delivered not-guilty verdicts. Northumberland County DA Tony Matulewicz says, “There was no witnesses, it was a circumstantial case and they’re difficult to put together. You need to have all you ducks in a row. My staff definitely did that in this case.  The Point Township Police did a meticulous, surgical investigation in this matter. You’re trying to recreate an incident that nobody saw. My staff had a difficult job; the Point Township police had a difficult job; and they put forth a valiant effort.”

Defense attorney Brian Ulmer called no witnesses and did not summon Hare to the witness stand.  “I always try to be respectful of jury verdicts.  I’m confident there will be an appeal in the case.  It’s always a bad idea, (in hindsight) in times like these, to instantly try to determine (an appeal).  It’s better to take a few steps back, take a few days away, and then look at it in a different perspective,”  Ulmer said.

Hare was convicted of the drug overdose death charge and involuntary manslaughter, as well as recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children. The 61-year-old could face up to 38 years in jail.  A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by the judge.

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