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Gogebic County sex crimes trial begins

 

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DEFENSE ATTORNEY James McKenzie makes his case to jurors during opening arguments in Gogebic County Circuit Court Tuesday. McKenzie is representing James Hackler, who is facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13.

By RICHARD JENKINS

rjenkins@yourdailyglobe.com

BESSEMER - After nearly a whole day of jury selection, the first day of the trial of a Tennessee man accused of criminal sexual conduct wrapped up with opening arguments from both sides in Gogebic County Circuit Court Tuesday.

James Victor Hackler, 39, of Harriman, Tenn., is facing one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under the age of 13 and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under the age of 13.

The first-degree felony carries a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and...



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