Emotions High as Parents of Victim, Defendant Testify in Musich Trial
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
Emotional testimony was heard Thursday from the father of the victim during the punishment phase in the trial of 19-year old Jacob Musich.
Musich plead guilty to the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year old girl.
Recording of the father's testimony was not allowed in court Thursday, but he told jurors that his daughter now suffers from panic attacks. He testified that she is having trouble concentrating and being around people.
Some jurors cried as the victim's father said, "They took away her innocence."
Among the witnesses for the defense was Musich's mother, who said she knew her son was addicted to synthetic marijuana and tried to get him help.
"They were smoking," said Sharon Musich, the defendant's mother. "They were smoking the K-2. I said you need to get home right now."
Musich has two co-defendants, Eric Dimick and Colten Visor, who will be tried separately.
If found guilty, Musich could get five to 99 years in prison.