NEW BOSTON, Texas —Opening statements and testimony are scheduled to begin this morning at the Bowie County courthouse in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 2012.
A jury of nine women and three men was chosen Tuesday to decide if Isiah Marshawn Threadgill, 23, is guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Threadgill faces five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.
Accord-ing to a probable cause affidavit, the girl was sexually assaulted by Threadgill in a bedroom at his mother's home in DeKalb, Texas, during the summer of 2012. When the girl's mother reported the alleged abuse to law enforcement May 13, 2016, she said her daughter had recently disclosed the assault to her.
The girl was interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center in Texarkana and described being pinned down and sexually assaulted. The girl alleges Threadgill stuffed a shirt in her mouth when she screamed.
The girl allegedly said she and her father were at Threadgill's mother's home for a "get-together," and that she was afraid of what her father might do to Threadgill if she told him at the time of the offense.
Threadgill is represented by the Bowie County Public Defenders Office. First Assistant District Attorney Mike Shepherd and Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter are prosecuting and 202nd District Judge John Tidwell is presiding.