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Woman accused of not stopping rape faces angry grandmother in court

FAIRFIELD, TX (KXXV) - A former Fairfield pastor is behind bars for raping a teenager. Now, a trial is underway for the woman accused of knowing about the assault and doing nothing to stop it. 

Prosecutors called several witnesses to testify against LaDonna Brackens Wednesday.  The court heard from friends, family, educators, an investigator with the sheriff's department, about a dozen people in all.

The most riveting testimony came from the rape victim's grandmother.  She said Brackens watched as former pastor Anthony Thibodeaux raped her child. Then she told the court she wanted to kill someone when she found out about it. 

The grandmother and the defense attorney bickered for close to two hours about discrepancies between her testimony from this trial and Thibodeaux's trial last year.

The victim's 12-year-old sister was brought to tears on the stand when the defense questioned her testimony - essentially, accusing her of lying as well.

The Fairfield High School Principal was also called to testify. He described the victim as smart, open, honest, trustworthy and well-respected. 

A sheriff's investigator testified that he believes the victim was sexually assaulted, but doesn't know for sure whether Brackens and Thibodeaux were ever alone with her.

And a teen who lived with brackens said she doesn't remember the defendant being home the night of the rape.

The court also heard from the Fairfield ISD Technology Director, a Freestone County Sheriff's Investigator, a teen acquaintance of Brackens, a family friend of the victim, a teen girl who lived with Brackens, and two forensic scientists.

Testimony will continue Thursday morning. 
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