During the trial, held in Clarksburg because of heavy publicity, the girl didn't identify her father as her attacker but glanced at him in the courtroom.
Now an adult and a mother herself, victim Katie Haught has said she doesn't believe Lavigne was her attacker. She has renewed a relationship with him.
Sorsaia said the girl was pressured by her mother to recant her previous statements that her father raped her. The jury, he said, believed her initial story.
"This was a child who was molested by her father and pressured by her mother not to say anything. Behavior and actions can speak a lot louder than words when you are talking about a 6-year-old who has been sexually assaulted."
Ayers told the justices Tuesday he believed there were constitutional errors involved in the trial.
"The court's jury instruction said, 'If you believe the victim's testimony, you should find him guilty,'<!p><#148> Ayers said. "Judge Spaulding found that instruction was not clear."
Ayers said the trial judge limited Lavigne's character witnesses to four, but many more were ready to testify on his behalf.
"His character and credibility was the most important evidence in this case," Ayers said. "He had nothing else to defend himself with."
The 1996 jury deliberated two hours before reaching a verdict. Lavigne was sentenced to 17 to 45 years in the penitentiary.
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