While being questioned by Guadalupe County District Attorney W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall, the defendant admitted to having pornographic magazines in his home at one time but said he "got rid of them immediately" when one of his daughters discovered them.
The man accused of having sexual intercourse with his
daughters said he
once showed the younger of the two girls a lingerie catalog that had arrived in the mail, and that he
did so to see what his
daughter thought of a pair of stockings, saying the young girl took an interest in fashion at the time.
Testimony by the defendant contrasted sharply with that of his
daughters, both of whom took the witness stand on the trial's second day.
The younger daughter told jurors she
still loves her
father despite the alleged abuse, which she
said led her
to attempted suicide.She
downplayed accusations that she
sister had become rebellious against their father's authority and described disagreements between her
and the defendant as "usual father-daughter arguments."
Unaware of the alleged assaults against her
older sister, the girl said she
was concerned that her
father had gotten her pregnant last year when she
was 14, shortly before a classmate she
confided in told a high school guidance counselor, triggering an investigation.Despite her
feelings for her
father and his
alleged instruction to refrain from telling anyone about incidents of sexual abuse, the girl said assaults became a routine she
could no longer endure.
"I knew that I didn't like it and I didn't want it to happen again," the younger of the two sisters testified.
The elder sister said her
father began abusing her
was in the sixth grade and that she
had participated in "over 100" sexual acts since 1998.Abuse included fondling, oral sex, sexual intercourse and, on one occasion, an incident in which her
father allegedly sodomized her