Trial begins for suspect in string of Jacksonville rapes and burglaries
Updated On: Mar 05 2014 11:00:00 PM CST
Testimony continues in the trial for a former Camp Lejeune janitor accused of at least seven counts of rape.
Willie Abner Brown, 34 of Jacksonville, has been charged with 25 counts related to a string of rapes and burglaries that happened in Jacksonville between July 2011 and September 2012, police said.
The first alleged rape victim gave a chilling testimony Thursday morning. She said she was 19 at the time of the attack and eight months pregnant. The woman, who NewsChannel 12 won't identify, accuses Brown of breaking into her home, raping her, beating her, tying her up and raping her again.
Thursday's testimony continued with investigating officers and Brown's ex-girlfriend. She said that Brown used her car every now and then. Prosecutors showed surveillance video of Brown using her car around the time of one alleged attack.
Prosecutors say Brown also broke into another woman's home, assaulted her and stole her credit cards. They say he used those cards to shop at Wal-Mart, McDonald's and convenience stores.
Officials say there are four victims in this case. Brown is accused of breaking into those homes and sexual assaulting those victims. Prosecutors say Brown could get life imprisonment if convicted of all charges.
Jacksonville Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case.
His full list of charges are as follows:
- Six counts of first-degree rape
- Three counts of first-degree burglary
- One count of first-degree kidnapping
- Two counts of second-degree kidnapping
- Four counts of first-degree sexual offense
- One count of attempted first-degree rape
- Five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
- One count of felony breaking and entering
- One count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuryBrown has been in the Onslow County Jail since September 2012, for allegedly assaulting and robbing Briana Murphy in the Carolina Forest neighborhood. He is charged with first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon for that incident.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Brown has been convicted of several crimes dating back to 1996, including possession of various drugs, resisting an officer, extortion, and possession of firearms by a felon.
Officials hope to wrap up jury selection and begin opening statements sometime Tuesday.
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