Testimony starts in human trafficking trial

Testimony starts in human trafficking trial
Posted at 7:53 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 21:20:00-04

A 51-year-old man has been accused of human trafficking and sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Waco last year.

Andre Renor Evans is on trial in the 19th District Court facing three trafficking counts and nine counts of sexual assault of a child. Evans, who was convicted of at least one felony prior to this case, faces a minimum of 25 years and up to life in prison on each count.

News Channel 25 was told this is the first human trafficking trial in recent history. 

On Tuesday, several witnesses took the stand, including two women who said saw the victim who they knew as ‘Summer’ when they visited Evans’ house.

Charity Walker, who admitted to being addicted to heroin, has a pending case accused of providing drugs to a minor, in this case the 15-year-old victim. During her testimony, she denied injecting the 15-year-old with heroin. 

Walker said she frequented Evans’ house to do drugs and one time she saw Evans and the victim having sex. She said when she asked Evans about her, he said she was 21-years-old. He later said her age was 23, according to Walker.

Meghann Gray, who has a pending case for possession of methamphetamine, also took the stand. She said when he went to defendant’s home to get drugs, she saw the 15-year-old lying down on a mattress.

Gray said a woman at the house told her if they gave the victim heroin, she would do whatever they wanted.

The defense attorney questioned both witnesses asking them whether they testified to get a reduction on their punishment or for the charges to be dropped on their pending cases. Both said they didn’t have that intention and were not promised a deal in exchange for their testimony.

Other state witnesses included Waco Police Detective Charles Youngblood, Lynz Costa-Adams from CASA and Laquita Lashawn Moten who helped her get out. The man who broke the case and helped locate her also testified.

The victim who is not from the Waco area is expected to testify on Wednesday morning when the trial resumes.

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