Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Man guilty of forcible rape

rexfordIt took a jury three and a half hours to convict a Dubberly man of forcible rape Tuesday.

Following the two-day trial, 28-year-old Travis Kirk Rexford, was found guilty. A vote of 10 of 12 jurors is required for a conviction.

Sentencing by Judge Ford Stinson is scheduled for December 17.

According to reports, Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested Rexford February 1 of this year after he was alleged to have forced a female victim to perform sex acts on him at his Holoman Loop residence.

Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said sheriff's deputies worked hard to make the case.

"I want to personally thank the sheriff's office for their competent and thorough investigation," Marvin said. "And I am proud of how Darius Henderson prosecuted the case."

A spokesperson for Marvin's office said the victim and her 19-year-old daughter were cleaning house for the defendant when he came into the room where they were folding clothes and hit the victim's daughter on the back with a club.

At that time, he reportedly began yelling and demanding the mother perform sex acts on him or he would beat them to death.

The victim complied. During the trial, it was revealed that she and her daughter were crouched against a wall, with Rexford "towering over them."

In one hand he had the club which was made from an ax or hammer handle with a lead pipe secured to the handle with duct tape.

Rexford's 18-month-old toddler and small baby were in the house when the crime took place. His wife was reportedly out of the house, "getting dinner for the family."

According to reports, Rexford's defense was that the victim was going to be paid for the sex act, and this was something she did voluntarily.

His attorney claimed that when the victim learned Rexford had no money to pay her, she became angry and called the sheriff's office.

Records in the Webster Parish Clerk of Courts office show charges are pending for attempted aggravated rape and aggravated battery for crimes committed against the victim's daughter.

Until now, Rexford's troubles with the law were misdemeanor violations.






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