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Long wait for justice in MSARC case

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A staffing shortage at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center could mean a long wait for justice for at least one rape victim.

The case of a 14 year old girl who was turned away from the rape crisis center is proving that a staffing shortage there will make getting justice difficult.

Witnesses to the alleged rape had conflicting testimony during a preliminary hearing this week.

Kevin J. Morgan is accused of raping the girl who was staying overnight with her friend - Morgan's daughter - at their Bartlett home.  A detective took the girl to MSARC, where they waited for hours for an exam, only to be told there was no nurse available and that they would need to return the next day.

Morgan's attorney, Leslie Ballin, in light of the conflicting testimony Monday, finding the truth in this case will be difficult.

"I have the ability of having information from my client that I can't share with you," Ballin said. "I know what happened. But as far as gleaming what happened from the two diverging testimonies, who the heck knows?"

Ballin went on to say that there is a big piece of evidence that should be part of the case, but is not because of the staffing shortages at the center.

The prosecutor on the case declined to answer questions about the evidence and the rape crisis center problems.

The case is now in the hands of the Shelby County grand jury.

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