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Exclusive: Mark Edwards' Attorney Speaks Out
DAYTON -- 44 year old Mark Edwards is accused of running off with 14 year old Michaela Bruce twice. Now, Edwards' defense attorney is speaking out for the first time.
There's no doubt Michaela Bruce and Mark Edwards 3 day rendezvous induced panic. The search was magnified on a national level.
The Nancy Grace headline: 'Dangerous Pedophile Abducts 14 year old.'
"We know she's with this pedophile," Nancy Grace spewed on her HLN show on February, 27th.
Mark Edwards' defense attorney Mathew Jewson calls the Nancy Grace coverage appalling.
"Labeling this as a pedophile who snatches little girls off the street which is no where near what the state is alleging," Atty. Matthew Jewson explained Wednesday. "She was trying to characterize him as a previously convicted sex offender."
Charges that Jewson says his client has pled not guilty to To this day Edwards had maintained that he never had a sexual relationship with Michaela.
When it comes to Jewson's defense inside the courtroom he remained tight-lipped, but says his client believes he was trying to help Michaela.
"Certainly if my client was acting as a protector or allowing Michaela to escape a dangerous situation at home that will be a part of his defense in the case," Jewson explained.
That scenario could be used to create reasonable doubt, but Jewson fears due to media scrutiny the justice system may not work
"I have grave concerns that there's anywhere I'm going to get a fair trial after that misinformation has been so aggressively disseminated." Jewson added. "Mark is innocent until he is proven guilty."
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