01/15/10 — Jury eyes evidence in case of sex abuse

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Jury eyes evidence in case of sex abuse

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on January 15, 2010 1:46 PM

Larry Gene Garner Jr.

Jurors this morning were still deliberating the case of a man charged with molesting two children.

Larry Gene Garner Jr., 45, of Charlie Braswell Road, faces 12 charges in Wayne County Superior Court.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Garner was arrested in November 2008 after a six-hour manhunt.

In all, Garner faces two counts apiece of indecent liberties with a child, parental first-degree sex offense, attempted statutory sex offense with a child, lewd and lascivious act, and sex offense with a child.

He also faces one count each of statutory rape where an alleged victim is between 4 years and 6 years of age and statutory sex offense, court records show.

Jurors started deliberating Thursday, after hearing testimony from various family members and caseworkers and Blake Ferrel, Ryan Sasser and Detective Sgt. Robert Chunn, the investigator.

Chunn led a six-hour manhunt that began with a note, in which Garner threatened to harm himself. Garner had also been talking to relatives by cell phone, threatening to hurt himself.

Detectives found the note in Garner's car, located on Capps Bridge Road, off U.S. 70 West. Chunn and Detective Larry Mitchell had been looking for him in various locations throughout the county, authorities said.

Deputies used a police dog to track Garner through a wooded area before he could be located, armed with two handguns.

Garner, authorities said, was taken into police custody without any further trouble.

Jurors were expected to restart deliberations at 9:30 a.m.