Retrial against former Oklahoma teacher enters day 3

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NORMAN, Okla. - In the third day of a retrial against a former Tishomingo teacher, jurors heard from the alleged victim's stepfather, mother, and himself.

Shelley Jo Duncan, 50, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. Duncan was arrested and charged with one count of lewd acts with a child in 2016, when the alleged victim was only 14 years old.

In late May, a mistrial was declared after jurors were unable to reach an unanimous decision.

On Wednesday, the victim's stepfather took the stand and recalled a "strange" interaction between Duncan and the teenager at the county fair. According to the witness, he saw Duncan "hanging on his arm, rubbing his chest... like they were in a relationship."

The witness told the jury that he confronted his stepson and asked if they had sex. According to the witness, the teenager eventually admitted they had kissed.

For two days, Agent Justin Brown, the case's chief investigator with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, testified regarding the roughly 7,000 text messages exchanged between Duncan and the teenager.

Jacqui Ford, Duncan's attorney, has pointed out multiple times that many of the texts could not be considered "lewd or lascivious" nor did they ever suggest the two were ever left alone together. The texts, according to prosecutors, ranged from the teenager's appearance and homework or injuries from sports.

Ford also questioned Wednesday morning why Brown chose to name Duncan as a Tishomingo school teacher in an initial police report, when she never had the victim as student. Brown answered he felt it was relevant to the case, while Ford claimed it was mischaracterized.

Brown testified one text in particular from Duncan referred to kissing the victim's "cute butt" and that she described him as "absolutely flipping gorgeous." He also said Duncan and the teenager would show affection through the texts, such as saying "I love you."

The teenager also allegedly told investigators there were two separate occasions were "inappropriate behavior" took place.

His mother testified Wednesday she felt a "loss of control" when her son would spend time with Duncan and her family. On more than one occasion, she recalled the defendant buying her son name-brand clothes and equipment for football, which she said she was appreciative but uncomfortable with.

However, in court, Ford presented a string of text messages between the two mothers. More than once, Duncan told the teenager's mother she loved her son and never minded helping out with her kids.

Ford noted her client gave the boy's mother multiple opportunities to say she was uncomfortable with the gifts or to respond to protest her texts of affection.

Late Wednesday, the teenager took the stand and testified he first saw Duncan as someone he could go to for advice and someone he trusted. However, he said as time went on, he started viewing her as more of a girlfriend because of the way she treated him.

The defense says they could present five witnesses. The trial could wrap up by Friday.

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