CROWN POINT | Jurors deliberated less than three hours Thursday before finding a Gary man not guilty of raping an ex-girlfriend.
Ronald Thompson, 42, was retried on a rape charge this week because jurors in June failed to return a verdict on that count.
However, Thompson was convicted in June of criminal confinement, sexual battery and battery in connection with the case.
During opening arguments Tuesday, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Veronica Gonzalez argued the Gary woman "went to hell and back" the night of Dec. 17 when she agreed to meet Thompson after she broke off their relationship.
Thompson picked up the woman at her Gary apartment and drove her to his workplace on Louisiana Place in Merrillville, where they got into an argument over the interpretation of a Bible verse, she said. Thompson then became enraged and beat and raped the woman, Gonzalez said.
But defense attorney Matthew Fech argued the woman's testimony about what transpired during a six-hour period Dec. 17 changed over time. Fech said no evidence supported the woman's version of events.
Thompson is scheduled to face trial in a different rape case Sept. 16. No sentencing date has yet been set on the charges he was convicted of in June.