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Twilight Rapist suspect indicted in Jackson County

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Feb. 2, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.

In this undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Billy Joe Harris is shown. Harris, 53, was taken into custody early Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011 after Edna police responded to a medical emergency alert from an elderly woman, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Public Safety)

Billy Joe Harris, suspected as the Twilight Rapist, has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury.

The indictment includes counts of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit sexual assault and burglary of a habitation on Dec. 4.

The indictment also includes a count of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled individual on Jan. 8.

Both attacks took place in Edna.

Jackson County District Attorney Bobby Bell declined comment.

Harris is believed to be connected to a series of attacks on women, often elderly or disabled, and burglaries in South and Central Texas, including four in Yoakum that began two years ago.

Additional charges in others counties are also pending against Harris.

DNA has linked Harris to six assaults and Texas Rangers recovered evidence in his home from four burglaries, according to authorities.

He was arrested on Jan. 8 in Edna and remains in the Jackson County Jail.



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