Chritton guilty of felony child neglect - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Chritton guilty of felony child neglect

MADISON (WKOW)-- A Dane County jury has made their verdict in the trial for Chad Chritton. Jury members say they had been deadlocked since 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon.

They weren't able to make a unanimous decision on four of the six counts. They did however, find Chritton guilty for felony child neglect involving bodily harm. They decided he was not guilty for a lesser misdemeanor count of child neglect.

The judge said the remaining counts can be re-tried in Dane County court. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says his office does plan to re-try Chritton for those counts.

Ozanne declined to comment about the outcome of this trial, but defense attorney William Hayes says he's happy the jury took their time with the case.

"I think what they're telling us is we weren't going to convict him of both. There was child neglect here. We're going to convict him once of child neglect and we think of that child neglect, that there was bodily harm involved," Hayes says.

The court decided that a re-trial for Chritton won't happen until after the trial for his wife Melinda Drabek-Chritton. She is facing many of the same charges he did. The court also decided to wait until the trial for Chritton's step son, Joshua Drabek, is completed. Attorneys say that process could take several weeks or months.

Chritton remains free under the pre-existing conditions on his bail.


Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at