A 64-year-old man faces trial in New Mexico after he raped and impregnated a 12-year-old girl. Because she didn’t have an abortion, officials were able to use DNA from her baby to prosecute him.
The victim is now 17 but Eusebio Jasper, 64, raped her when she was 12 and 13 and eventually got her pregnant. Months later, complaining of stomach pains, she was taken to the hospital where it was discovered she was pregnant. After DNA tests were completed, prosecuted confirmed jasper was the father.
A local television station has further details on the case.
Despite the DNA test, the defense denies that the child belongs to Jasper.
In November, prosecutors told Target 7 the case has taken so long to go to trial because Jasper repeatedly changed lawyers and demanded a second DNA test. They said that test also proved Jasper was the child’s father.
Jurors have yet to hear that Jasper is also a convicted killer. In 1987, he shot his ex-wife in the head in front of her family while they were celebrating Thanksgiving in Tucumcari. He served seven years for that crime.
On Friday, a judge will decide if Jasper’s prior conviction can be brought up in court, and Jasper is expected to testify in his own defense.