Update: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 3:10 p.m. -- The jury has found former Nolanville mayor Charlie Stewart guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 2:30 p.m. -- Closing arguments are done in the Charlie Stewart trial, and the jury is out to deliberate the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 12:15 p.m. -- The defense just rested in the Stewart trial after calling only the defendant himself as a witness.
He testified for a little more than an hour and said his three family members accusing him of sexual abuse "are all lying, and it's one person that's controlling them." That person, he said, is the mother of the alleged victim in the crime he's actually charged with, who testified first yesterday. The fourth accuser, he said, is making it up to get back at her parents. Asked by the prosecution if they had a conspiracy against him, he replied simply, "Yes, ma'am."
Explaining his DNA on the mattress, he said he used that bed in a different room in his house in 2008.
There was also a disagreement over a sexual battery charge in Mississippi from 1991. He says he pled no contest to a lesser misdemeanor to avoid going to trial, but the state presented a document that showed he pled guilty. Stewart said the document was incorrect because the system was "corrupt" and "did [him] wrong."
The jury returns at 1:15 p.m. for the court's charge, then they start deliberations.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. -- The state rests in the Charlie Stewart, Sr., sexual abuse case.
Two forensic scientists with DPS who analyzed DNA found on a section of mattress spoke Wednesday morning. The analysis showed the DNA came from semen, and was matched to a cheek swab taken from Stewart at the Bell County Jail in January.
On the defense cross, the scientists explained they have no way of knowing how or when the stain was deposited, and in fact it could have been transferred there from somewhere else. They also said DNA can survive for a long time, even as long as 10 to 20 years.
None of the other pieces of evidence they analyzed (two pairs of the alleged victim's underwear, another piece of mattress, and a mattress cover) contained DNA in the form of semen.
The defense will start its case when we return from recess at 10:20 a.m.
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