David Allen Monson was acquitted Wednesday of a 17-year-old rape charge.
But Monson, 41, remains in the Spokane County Jail after being convicted last month of another 1980 rape.
The Superior Court jury in the trial ending Wednesday deliberated just one hour.
Prosecutors had no biological evidence of rape, relying instead on recollections of what happened Aug. 17, 1980, inside Monson’s camper trailer.
During testimony, the victim, who was 16 at the time of the rape, contradicted statements she gave police that night. She admitted she drank beer with Monson after the rape, although she denied drinking with him when interviewed in 1980.
“There were discrepancies between now and 1980,” said prosecutor Ed Hay. “I’d be inclined to say that is human.”
The trial was delayed 17 years when Monson left the state, eventually settling with his parents in New York. He was arrested in 1993 crossing into Canada while working as a truck driver.
He wasn’t extradited to Washington until 1994, a gap that Monson claimed violated his right to a speedy trial.
State and federal court appeals denied his legal motions, and Monson was tried in Spokane in December for a July 1980 rape.
He faces up to 10 years for that conviction.
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