Angelina Co. jury finds Lufkin man guilty of sexually assaulting 6-year-old girl

Angelina Co. jury finds Lufkin man guilty of sexually assaulting 6-year-old girl

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On Thursday, jurors found the Lufkin man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in 2013 guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The jury will set William James "Pookie" Taylor's punishment Friday morning.

Taylor, 36, was arrested on Nov. 14, 2013. He was originally charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. Since then, he has been indicted on a total of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Taylor's jury trial is being held in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court.

When testimony resumed Thursday morning, David Wells, a former investigator with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, discussed what happened in the audio recording of the interview he did with Taylor. He said there were signs of deception during the interview.

"The breakdowns in the interview were quite telling," Wells said. "His demeanor seemed emotionally unstable."

Defense attorney Jerry Whiteker pointed out that Taylor did not confess to the crime at any point in the two-hour and 45 minute video. He said Taylor finally admitted to applying lotion to the girl.

"Unwanted touching," Whiteker said.

Jennifer Young, a forensic analyst from Houston, said that she used DNA samples from the swabs she took from the victim's undergarments and her body. The two mixtures were too low to make a comparison to someone else, Young said.

Young said she didn't find any male DNA in her samples, adding that the only identifiable DNA was that of the alleged victim.

Later Thursday morning, the alleged victim took the stand, and the jury left the room.

While the alleged victim was on the stand, White asked her a series of questions to make sure she knew the difference between the truth and a lie. The girl began to cry when White asked her why she was there.

When White asked the girl if she told anyone what had happened to her, she replied that she told her mom someone was touching her privates.

"If I peed in the bed, he would touch my privates," the alleged victim said.

During her testimony, the little girl described what Taylor did to her, and pointed him out in the courtroom.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During her closing arguments, April Ayers-Perez first recounted the explicit details that the alleged victim told everyone who interviewed. In addition, she reminded the jurors of how the victim had requested to have her back turned to Taylor as she was being questioned.

"Don't let him get away with this," April-Perez said.

When he did his closing arguments, Whiteker said, according to Taylor, the child's mother has a history with an ACSO deputy. Whiteker also addressed the alleged rocky relationship between Taylor and the girl's mother.

Whiteker also reminded the jurors that throughout the audio of the interview with Wells, Taylor never admitted to having sex with the little girl and only said he put lotion on the child. Children can be influenced by adults, Whiteker said.

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