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Charges added against suspected Twilight Rapist

By Sonny Long
Jan. 14, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.


TWILIGHT RAPIST Suspected Crimes Dates and Locations2009Jan. 21 - Yoakum

Feb. 27 - Yoakum (DNA link)

July 3 - Marquez (evidence recovered)

July 20 - Marquez (DNA link)

Aug. 14 - Zabcikville (evidence recovered)

August - Falls County

Sept. 5 - Marquez

Sept. 11 - Bell County (DNA link)

Oct. 10 - Falls County (DNA link)

Oct. 24 - Centerville

Nov. 9 - Yoakum (DNA link)

Nov. 24 - Yoakum

Nov. 24 - Yoakum

Dec. 24 - Moody (evidence recovered)

2010March 1 - Moody

Dec. 4 - Edna (evidence recovered)

2011Jan. 8 - Yoakum

Jan. 8 - Edna (DNA link)

SOURCE: SERIAL RAPIST TASK FORCE

Billy Joe Harris remains in the Jackson County Jail awaiting arraignment as more charges are added to the list of offenses he is believed to have committed.

Harris, the suspected Twilight Rapist, was arrested Jan. 8 in Edna and charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony, sexual assault of the elderly. Bond on that charge was set at $500,000.

Additional charges have been added.

The new charges include burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft for the Jan. 8 Edna break-in. Bond on that charge was set at $300,000.

In addition, two charges have been filed from Leon County, said Victor Smith, chief investigator with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The charges include burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, assault of the elderly, from an attack in Marquez on Sept. 5, 2009.

The bond on that charge was set at $500,000.

The other charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, assault of the elderly, from Leon County stems from the Oct. 24, 2009 home invasion and assault in Centerville. No bond has been set on that charge.

Leon County is about 200 miles northeast of Victoria.

More charges are expected to be filed, said Tom Vinger, Department of Public Safety spokesman.

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

No date has been set for Harris' arraignment, said a spokesman for the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

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