New Trial Date for Army Couple Accused of Abusing Adopted Children

Just a month after Judge Katherine Hayden declared a mistrial in the case against Army Major John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, a new trial date has been set. The Jacksons are accused of 17 counts of abuse against their two adopted children.

The mistrial occurred when an attorney let slip a fact that was to be kept from the jury: the death of one of the Jacksons’ children.

The Jackson children were removed from their parents and taken into protective custody in 2010, reports the Morristown Patch. At the time they were removed, they were found to be malnourished and dehydrated. The couple could receive up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 for each charge if convicted.