Rape trial day three: Accused's mother testifies

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - On day three of a trial involving a man charged with attacking and raping an elderly woman, the accused's mother took the stand.

42-year-old Brian Reavis' mother told the jury that her son is not crazy.  She said he is sick and she couldn't afford his medications.

Wednesday, assistant public defender Roddy Brown told the jury Reavis has a long standing history of schizophrenia and was not aware of his actions during the incident.  His probation officer testified that Reavis' mother told authorities Reavis developed schizophrenia from having spinal meningitis as a child.

A doctor said Reavis has been evaluated several times for schizophrenia, has a history of cocaine abuse, has mild retardation, and is also known to exaggerate his mental disorder.

The defense is trying to prove that Reavis was insane when he attacked a 95-year-old woman at her home in 2008.

The victim testified in court Tuesday, saying Reavis took her money and then sexually and physically assaulted her.  The woman, who is now 96, lost vision in her right eye during the attack and still lives in fear.

Reavis is facing charges of rape, kidnapping, and common-law robbery.  He will face life in prison without parole if convicted.

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