The man called the Twilight Rapist took the stand Thursday morning to share his side of the story.
The defense attorney for Billy Joe Harris says his client has a number of personalities that were behind a series of sexual assaults and burglaries. Prosecutors say DNA has linked Harris to three sexual assaults in Leon County where he is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.
Thursday Harris recalled vivid memories of his childhood and even into his adulthood; on some occasions Harris described his clothing on that certain day -- but when questioned about the burglaries and sexual assaults he's accused of committing in Leon County dating back two years ago -- Harris claims he doesn't remember.
Harris claimed he attended a school in Houston called Crawford Elementary. This is the very school where he claims his music teacher befriended him and would take him to her house where they would engage in sexual encounters with her Great Dane. "She would dress me up like a girl, put me in stockings and lipstick and I would sometimes sit on the bed and watch her have sex with the dog."
Harris said he never told anyone because, "I thought it was normal."
He also recalled the day he and his older brother Tommy were playing with matches inside their home. "We were inside the closet and it just set the whole thing ablaze and my grandpa came in the room and I dove under the bed, but my sister, she never got out," said Harris. He says she later died as a result.
Harris says around the age of 13 or 14, he moved to his grandmother's home in Grapeland, a beautiful and peaceful community nestled in Crockett, Texas. He says he met a silver-haired woman who lived next door. He says she would often pick him up from his house and they would go over to her place frequently. Harris claims the two had a sexual relationship, as well as sexual encounters with miniature horses.
At the age of 17 Harris enlisted in the Army. "A soldier never dies they just always fade away," is what Harris said to the courtroom after discussing his 22 years of serving in the U.S. Army. He claims after he was stationed in Germany he started hearing voices. Shortly after Harris says he received a surgical procedure to his groin from, "Aliens who looked like humans." He never told the military about this alleged procedure.
Prosecutors argue Harris lived a normal life with no medical or criminal history up until he was 52 years old, this is the time when Harris was sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of an elderly woman in south Texas.
DNA evidence and bank statements that were presented before the courtroom paint a much different picture -- one that physically links Harris to the crime of an alleged sexual assault in Jackson County.
Harris is scheduled to be back on the stand Friday. On Wednesday Harris' wife testified. She has since filed for a divorce.
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