Texas Rape Defendant Doesn't Return to Court

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) - An arrest warrant has been issued after a man being tried on charges he took part in the repeated sexual assault of a young Texas girl didn't come back to court after a break.

Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of Eric McGowen despite the 20-year-old's absence. A court official says state District Judge Mark Morefield is drafting a bench warrant for McGowen's arrest.

McGowen didn't come back after an afternoon break that followed the testimony of two co-defendants who pleaded guilty in the case. One said he didn't see McGowen have sex with the girl but did see him sexually assault her. The other said he never saw McGowen sexually assault the girl.

McGowen is one of 20 men and boys accused in attacks on the girl.

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