Jury being selected for Nacogdoches man accused of raping teen

Leroy Diamond mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Leroy Diamond mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A jury is being selected for a Nacogdoches man accused of abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl in the Woden area.

The trial for Leroy Diamond Jr., 43, will begin next Monday.

As of 4:45 p.m. Monday, attorneys were still in the process of selecting a jury in District Judge Ed Klein's courtroom.

According to previous reports, Diamond was arrested in July 2010 following an investigation into a man offering a 15-year-old girl a ride when she was walking along Martin Luther King Boulevard on April 21. She accepted and gave him directions to her home. When the girl realized he was not driving to her home, she tried to jump out of the car, according to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss. Diamond was able to restrain her and held her at knifepoint until he drover her to a cemetery located in the Woden area, according to Kerss.

Diamond raped the girl on multiple occasions, Kerss stated. Following one of the rapes, Kerss states the girl kicked Diamond in the groin and ran away.

Investigators were able to use a composite sketch and DNA sample from the victim to identify Diamond as the suspect.

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