AUSTIN - Jury selection began Monday for the trial of Patrick Johnson, charged with sexual assault of a child.
Johnson is also the suspect in the majority of the nearly 100 rock-throwing cases along Interstate 35 between 2014 and June 2016. A defense attorney unrelated to this case tells KVUE prosecutors and defense attorneys will want to keep the cases independent of one another.
“You want to make sure each case is tried for its own merits and not for something that doesn't have any merit at all. The defense attorney is going to be the one under the most pressure to make sure that only relevant information to this trial gets brought in,” said Brad Bonilla.
Bonilla added it is unlikely the rock-throwing cases will come up during this trial, but said the outcome could affect the rock-throwing trials. If Johnson is found guilty, he could already be facing jail penalties that would make a settlement of the rock-throwing cases more of a possibility.
Johnson was arrested June 16 in connection to the rock-throwing cases. He has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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