Sexual assault trial begins today in Bowie County

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Testimony is expected to begin this morning in the sexual assault trial of a man accused of misconduct with a 27-year-old woman at her home in New Boston, Texas, last year.

Bennie Joe Nelson, 38, aka Hulk, faces two to 20 years in prison if convicted. Nelson allegedly was invited into the woman’s family’s home by her father May 3, 2015, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman reported to detectives that she was reclining on her bed when Nelson walked in and closed the door. Nelson allegedly took off his pants and forcibly removed the woman’s, sexually assaulting her with his hands despite her repeatedly telling him, “no.”

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The assault stopped when the girl’s father knocked on the door. Nelson allegedly warned the woman not to tell anyone. The alleged victim said she was afraid to tell officials about her encounter with Nelson but did tell after her brother encouraged her to speak.

A jury of six men and six women was selected Tuesday at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston to decide the case. Opening statements and testimony are scheduled to begin this morning before 5th District Judge Bill Miller. Nelson is represented by the Bowie County Public Defenders Office. Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards is representing the state.

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