Updated June 16th, 2010: Not Guilty Verdict for Michele Taylor
YAKIMA, Wash. — Michele Taylor cried and hugged her husband after jurors found her innocent of having sex with a 16-year-old student.
"It’s such a huge relief to have this over," Taylor said Tuesday afternoon as she held hands with Kevin Taylor, a fellow teacher, outside Yakima County Superior Court.
In brief comments to reporters outside the courtroom, Taylor said the last year had seemed like the longest of her life. "You feel like you can’t breathe," she said about waiting for the verdict.
After listening to almost two weeks of testimony, jurors took less than two hours to find Taylor innocent of one count of sexual misconduct and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.