Jury chosen in sexual assault trial

New Boston, Texas–A jury of six men and six women was chosen Tuesday to decide if a Hooks, Texas, man is guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2015.

Larry Thomas Webb, 59, is accused of attacking the girl as she slept in his home Sept. 9, 2015, according to a probable cause affidavit. Webb, related to the teen by marriage, allegedly threatened to kill the alleged victim after sexually assaulting her. The girl ran to the home of one of Webb’s neighbor’s for help after he fell asleep watching television and got help.

The neighbor called for help and kept the girl in her home until deputies with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office arrived. Webb allegedly told officers the girl was angry because he was too intoxicated from consumption of a beer and two muscle relaxers to drive her home. Webb also provided deputies with various explanations, including Viagra use, as to why his DNA might be found on bedding where the girl claimed she was sexually abused.

Web was indicted in early 2016 for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Webb could receive two to 20 years on each of the indecency counts and a fine up to $10,000 and five to 99 years or life if found guilty of either count of aggravated sexual assault.

Texarkana attorney Butch Dunbar is defending Webb. Assistant District Attorneys Kelley Crisp and Lauren Richards are representing the state. The case is expected to end this week.

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