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State v. Rexford

Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit

January 14, 2015

STATE OF LOUISIANA, Appellee
v.
TRAVIS KIRK REXFORD, Appellant

Appealed from the Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Webster, Louisiana. Trial Court No. 85,158. Honorable Ford E. Stinson, Judge.

TERESA CULPEPPER CARROLL, Counsel for Appellant.

J. SCHUYLER MARVIN, District Attorney, JOHN M. LAWRENCE, DARIUS Q. HENDERSON, Assistant District Attorneys, Counsel for Appellee.

Before BROWN, CARAWAY, and PITMAN, JJ.

OPINION

Page 903

[49,408 La.App. 2 Cir. 1] BROWN, CHIEF JUDGE

Following a jury trial, defendant, Travis Kirk Rexford, was convicted of forcible rape. He was charged by a bill of information with six separate counts involving

Page 904

three different women; the state, however, chose to try him on count one, forcible rape. The other counts were passed to be reset.[1] He was sentenced to 12 years at hard labor, with the first two years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life. Defendant now appeals. We affirm defendant's conviction and sentence.

Facts

On February 1, 2012, the 36-year-old victim (D.L.) and her 19-yearold daughter (J.L.) were at home in Dubberly, Louisiana, several houses down the street from where defendant lived. Kenneth Washington was the daughter's boyfriend, and he knew defendant, who would occasionally pay Kenneth to do yard work. At times, J.L. would go to defendant's house with Kenneth. The victim testified that she had never been to defendant's house or met defendant before February 1, 2012, but that she believed he was a good person based on things her daughter had told her.

On February 1, 2012, defendant came to the victim's house looking for Kenneth. Defendant was told that Kenneth was at work. Defendant then asked the daughter if she wanted to make some extra money doing housework for him. She agreed and asked her mother to come with her and [49,408 La.App. 2 Cir. 2] help. When the two women got to defendant's house, his wife, Danielle Rexford, was leaving in her vehicle. However, defendant's 15-month-old daughter and five-month-old son were in the house.

Defendant directed the two women to a room in the back of the house and told them to fold baby clothes that were scattered all over the floor. As they were doing so, defendant's daughter kept walking past the door, but defendant made her go back toward the front of the house. A couple of minutes later, defendant came back into the room and hit J.L. on her back with a stick. J.L. testified that defendant hit her " real hard" with the dull end of the stick, and that her back hurt for a couple of weeks. Both the victim and her daughter described the stick as a wooden club with a nail attached to the end of it with duct tape.

Both women testified that defendant then pushed them, and they ended up sitting on the floor, side-by-side, against the wall. Defendant was standing over them with the stick over their heads and said, " I'm going to beat you bitches to death. If you scream, if you try to run, I will beat you to death," and " I'm going to make you suck my dick." The mother told defendant that he could do whatever he wanted to do to her if he would let the daughter go, ...


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