(WMC-TV) - An accused serial rapist's first trial ended with a hung jury. The suspect was identified, in part, by the fuzzy dice hanging from his rear-view mirror, but some wonder if his alleged victims are really the ones on trial.
Deborah Clubb of the Memphis Area Women's Council says rape victim stories are often doubted in court.
"It's just a really difficult topic and a lot of people are predisposed not to believe that anything happened," said Clubb. "So they're really, really hard to prosecute successfully."
She points to the mistrial Thursday in the aggravated rape case of former FedEx employee Quantez Person. It is the first of at least five trials for rape he is facing.
"To imagine that he is suspected and identified by other victims, and he's not yet convicted is a terrifying thing," said Clubb.
Observers say it was the alleged victim's story this week that did not seem to stick with jurors, who ended deliberations deadlocked despite DNA evidence. She claimed she accepted a ride from Person, whom she knew from the neighborhood before being raped at knife point behind a Jackson Avenue shopping center.
"It is not against the law, it is not stupid, to get in a car and take a ride from someone you know in your neighborhood," said Clubb.
Clubb wishes all juror preconceptions could be put aside.
"And I would like to think the citizens of Memphis could bring a different heart and a different mind to these cases when they hear them and realize the person the law needs to address is the rapist," she said.
In addition to multiple rape charges, Quantez Person is accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV. WMC Action News 5 was unable to get a comment from the public defender who represents him.