August 11, 1999
Missionary acquitted in Zimbabwe trial
___HARARE, Zimbabwe (BP) --Alicia Farnham, a Southern Baptist International Service Corps missionary in Zimbabwe, was acquitted July 19 of culpable homicide in a case stemming from a May 16, 1998, automobile accident in which one person died.
___A magistrate in Harare, Zimbabwe, dismissed the case because the prosecutor presented no evidence of any wrongdoing, said Barry Robinson, another International Mission Board missionary in Zimbabwe. Farnham's defense lawyer did not even have to present his case.
___Farnham, of McComb, Miss., was transporting four women and a seminary student to a coronation service for a girls' missionary organization when a car driven by a prominent businessman apparently pulled out in front of her. When Farnham swerved to avoid a collision, her car rolled over, killing one of the women.
___The businessman since has died from injuries received in another traffic accident.
___Farnham, 37, was scheduled to complete her two-year International Service Corps assignment in theological education by extension Aug. 1. The decision frees her to return to the United States without any complications.
___She is the third Southern Baptist missionary in Africa to face charges in traffic fatalities, which are extremely common on the continent.
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