Judge denies new trial for former teacher’s aide convicted of sodomy

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Michael Horton (Photo: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Huntsville teacher’s aide will not get a new trial following his conviction on sodomy charges.
A Madison County judge issued that ruling Wednesday morning.

A jury convicted Michael Horton back in September.  He had been accused of sexually abusing a child in his care.

Horton was sentenced to roughly 15 years in prison.

Judge Dennis O’Dell denied the motion for a new trial.

Horton’s attorney cited a lack of evidence among the reasons his client should get a new trial.


  • Lotus

    This guy’s attorney is only going through the legal game, requesting a new trial. Next, he’ll appeal it to the Alabama Court of Court of Appeals, where his request will likely be denied. More big money for the attorney. Convicted child molesters should spend the rest of their lives in prison. The child victims get a life sentence. Obviously, what this guy did was pretty bad for him to get 15 years. I hear about child molesters only getting a slap on the wrist, or a couple of years in jail. That’s not nearly enough!

    • Huntsville

      First off, the Judge forced the jury to come to a verdict!! Let me remind you, it was a hung jury until the Judge demanded the jury to Guilty or Not guilty!!

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