Jury begins deliberations in Freeman Jockisch trial

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The fate of former Mobile County Commissioner Freeman Jockisch is once again in the hands of a federal jury.

Jockisch is accused of trying to setup a sexual rendezvous with a 15 year-old girl.  After less than an hour of deliberations, the jury went home for the night.

Jockisch didn’t have much to say to reporters as he left the courthouse with his attorney Wednesday. The jurors could reach a verdict Thursday.

Saraland Detective James Morton was the only witness called by prosecutors. Morton testified he placed an ad on Craigslist in July 2013, and within 14 minutes he had been contacted by Freeman Jockisch.

During the initial email conversation, Morton said Jockisch asked, “Do you want to make love?”

The detective also testified Jockisch continued to show interest after he was told the female was only 15 years old.

On the same day Morton said Jockisch wrote, “Sugar, I’m scared. If you are 15 they will put me under the jail.”

Jurors listened to a videotaped telephone conversation between a female officer posing as the teen “Sara” and Jockisch.

Jockisch was arrested in November 2013 when he showed up at an apartment complex in Saraland to meet the teenager. However, defense attorney Jeff Deen told jurors the evidence will shows Jockisch went to the complex to help the teen get off Craigslist.

Deen told reporters there are other factors affecting his client.

“I just think that Mr. Freeman Jockisch is 70-years-old, he has some mental problems, and I think he just ought to be allowed to go home and live out the rest of his life in peace.”

When asked what kind of mental problems Deen believed his client had, he responded, “I think he has got a little dementia.”

Deen was not allowed to present any evidence of Jockisch having dementia in court.

He did call several witnesses, including Jockisch’s son and his wife. The wife said she believed her husband intended to minister to the 15-year-old.

This is Jockisch’ second federal trial. He was convicted of lying on is tax returns and ethics forms in 2004. He served a 33 month sentence.

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