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Defense tells its side of story in Ladonna Brackens trial

FAIRFIELD, TX (KXXV) -

After the state rested immediately Thursday morning, the defense call its own witnesses in the trial of a woman accused of watching a sexual assault happen. 

Ladonna Brackens is accused of watching while Fairfield pastor Anthony Thibodeaux sexually assaulted a teenager. Thibodeaux was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in December, 2013. The prosecution rested immediately when court began Thursday morning. Then the defense called its own witnesses.

One woman testified she saw the victim of the alleged assault act normally with Thibodeaux after the incident. A forensics psychologist then took the stand saying he questions the method police used to interview the victim. He said the way she was interviewed may have influenced her memory and therefore her testimony in the trial.

A forensics investigator then took the stand explaining what pictures and texts were found on girl's phone. Many of those texts were sent to Thibodeaux the night of the incident. 

Ladonna Brackens did face the judge briefly as she was explained what it would be like to testify. She elected not to testify on her own behalf.

The court recessed at 4 p.m. and will reconvene Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. Charges will be read to the jury and then closing arguments will begin. After that, the jury will begin deliberations to decide Brackens' guilt or innocence.

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