Two men accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a Texarkana, Texas, apartment in 2014 appeared before a Bowie County judge Thursday.
The girl said two men, whom she did not know, came and left as she and her friend watched a movie. The 14-year-old was alone for a short period after her friend walked to another apartment to visit a relative who also lived there. During that time, Willis and Mask allegedly returned.
The girl told investigators she tried to fend off the men’s unwanted advances before one of them used a small couch to block the front door as the other held her down and undressed her. The girl said the men took turns holding her down while the other raped her.
Willis appeared with Texarkana attorney Derric McFarland before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart in the Bi-State Justice Building Thursday afternoon. Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said she doesn’t expect the lawyers will be able to work out a plea in the case before trial. A pending rape case Willis has in Miller County, Ark., stemming from allegations which were made several months before the Bowie County case, was discussed at the hearing too.
Crisp said the victims are unwilling to approve a “package deal” that might allow Willis to serve sentences on the alleged offenses in Texarkana, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas, at the same time. Lockhart set Willis’ case for jury selection March 15 at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas.
Willis is accused in Miller County of raping a woman May 12, 2015 at her apartment in Texarkana, Ark., according to a probable cause affidavit on file in Miller County. The woman told investigators she was socializing with a friend when Willis stopped by asking for a cigarette. The woman said her friend went home while Willis was in the bathroom. When Willis tried to kiss the woman, she pushed him. Willis locked the apartment’s front door, elbowed the woman in the face, and raped her at about 1 a.m.
Crisp said Arkansas-side prosecutors have agreed to let Texas try Willis first. Willis and Mask are each charged with two counts of sexual assault, a crime punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Crisp said she has filed a motion asking the court to stack Willis’ sentences on the two counts if he is found guilty. The rape charge in Miller County pending against Willis is punishable by 10 to 40 years or life.
Mask appeared Thursday with Bowie County First Assistant Public Defender Will Williams. Mask’s case is scheduled for trial before Lockhart in July.