Brady Man Guilty: 12 Years in Prison for Prohibited Sexual Conduct with Family Member
MCCULLOCH COUNTY, TX - A Sexual Abuse case in McCulloch County entered its second day after a day-long jury selection process on Tuesday.
The Trial of Howard Faith, charged with illegal sexual conduct with a child, continued today in Brady. Testimony for the state came from two forensic scientists from the DPS lab in Austin. The two scientists discussed detailed data that showed a remote possibility that DNA samples from Faith could be linked to samples of clothing and material from a mattress cover.
Ann Stevens, a Registered Nurse from Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, who also does sexual assault examinations, testified that she conducted an examination on the victim two days following the alleged incident. After cross examination, Stevens stated she was not qualified to give detailed diagnosis on probable causes nor exact time of any injuries. Most of her testimony dealt with a report by history statement, meaning that she took a statement verbatim, and wrote everything down as it was told to her. Additionally, several blowups of pictures she took were introduced into evidence, which showed some abrasions on and around the victim's knees and on one of her arms.
Brady Police Sergeant Mike Hudson, who took the initial report, was recalled to clarify one question in his previous testimony.
The State rested at 11:30 a m., and the Defense called two witnesses before a lunch recess. A teen friend of the victim and family took the stand first after the recess, and testified that the victim and her stepbrother had taken her to the abandoned building where the alleged incident took place. The two seemed quite familiar with all the rooms and how to make easy entry.
Following her testimony, Brent Raybion, who currently is president of the Brady ISD School Board, took the stand. His testimony dealt with his business and how he came to know Faith. Raybion owns a carpet cleaning business and home remodeling business, and it was through this association that he came to know Faith and the daughter, whom, on occasion, also did some demolition/remodeling work for Raybion. He explained he came to know the victim through discussions of her dislike of the Brady School District and his attempt to try to encourage her.
With the completion of the State's cross examination, the Judge announced a lunch recess with testimony due to resume with more defense witnesses at 1:30.
More updates will be provided throughout the course of the trial.
A McCulloch County jury, in the 452nd District Court, deliberated nearly four and a half hours before returning a guilty verdict late Thursday night.
Thursday was the third full day of a trial that previously saw a full day devoted to jury selection. The jury was comprised of eight men and four women, with one woman and one man as alternates.
The week-long trial of Howard Faith in the 452nd District Court of McCulloch County came to conclusion with a surprise ending Friday afternoon.
After finding the defendant guilty of Prohibited Sexual Conduct with an ancestor or descendant, his daughter in this case, late Thursday night, a second degree felony. The jury reconvened again on Friday morning for the punishment phase.
The State and Defense presented final arguments, with each side presenting final witnesses. The State called a probation officer with the McCulloch County office. He testified about Faith's being on probation and his admittance to drug use while on probation. The State also presented documents showing numerous offenses dating back to the early 2000s that dealt with burglary and possession of drugs.
The defendant took the stand once again after having testified on his own behalf during the trial. He spoke of his troubled youth and his escape through the use of drugs, which ultimately led to his crime.