By Ashli Sims, The News On 6
TULSA, OK -- Jurors handed down a not guilty verdict Wednesday night for a Tulsa doctor accused of sexual abuse. Dr. Kirk Smith was acquitted of charges he abused his six-year-old step-daughter.
News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims was in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Jurors deliberated for about six hours. During the deliberations, a juror was dismissed, and the alternate juror had to be called in.
Smith himself took the stand Wednesday to try to convince jurors of his innocence.
Smith was arrested in the summer of 2008 at a South Tulsa home. He's accused of sexually molesting his six-year-old step-daughter. The allegations came to light after the little girl's ten-year-old brother told a friend. That friend called his dad, who reported the doctor to police.
The obstetrician was suspended from his medical practice and bound over for trial in December of 2008. Smith's attorney says his client is innocent and they believe the girl's ten-year-old brother made the story up. Both children testified against Smith.
The children's mother, Carrie Smith, was also facing criminal charges. She pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of preventing a witness from giving testimony. Carrie Smith will be sentenced in October.