Ely trial begins in First District Court


The trial of a Wrangell man alleged to have sexually abused a minor last year begins next week, with the First District courtroom scheduled for four days of jury selection and proceedings.

An indictment filed in September accuses 33-year old Doug Ely of three counts of sexual assault against a minor under the age of 13 – two unclassified felonies and one Class A felony.

Jury selection began Monday morning and ran through Tuesday. As of deadline for this story a full jury panel had not yet been seated.

Ely’s attorney, public defender Jude Pate of Sitka, also filed court documents asking...

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