State to Retry After HIV-Infected Greenacres Cop’s Case Ends in Mistrial

WEST PALM BEACH – The case of a 41-year-old former Greenacres police officer charged with failing to tell a lover he had HIV is headed to trial again after a jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer declared a mistrial in the trial of Ervans Saintclair after jurors spent nearly eight hours over two days deliberating his 2014 case and ultimately told the judge they couldn’t decide unanimously whether he was guilty of the rarely pursued felony charge of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse.

Feuer set Saintclair’s retrial for Jan. 29.

The case, which involves a now 40-year-old former neighbor who was Saintclair’s on-and-off lover between 2010 and 2013, is just one of several similar charges against Saintclair, who prosecutors say was diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS as early as 2007 but kept his status from multiple lovers.

Assistant State Attorney Brianna Coakley on Thursday told Feuer she plans to take the case involving the current alleged victim to trial again before pursuing the other cases. Saintclair’s attorney, Ade Griffin, said after the jury deadlock that their impasse was a sign that prosecutors hadn’t proved their case.

“My client maintains his innocence,” Griffin said as Saintclair left the courtroom without comment.

Aside from testimony from the alleged victim, only two other witnesses testified: the lead detective in the case and a doctor, who said she began treating Saintclair for HIV before he met the alleged victim.

Coakley also played jurors a recorded call between the alleged victim and Saintclair. In the call, recorded after the detective told the alleged victim that Saintclair had HIV, Saintclair denied having the illness and said a jealous ex was spreading rumors about him because she was upset he hadn’t paid a bill for her.

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