Child molestation trial begins

by Wes Mayer

alt

Gray

The trial of a man indicted on four counts of child molestation and eight counts of sexual exploitation of children began Tuesday and will continue today.

The defendant, Willie Autrey Gray, was arrested in Coweta County on Aug. 1, 2012. In 2011, Gray was accused of molesting two juvenile girls on separate occasions and later showing child pornography to one of them to promote another act of molestation. When the molestation was reported to authorities a year later, investigators obtained a warrant to search Gray’s computers, and on his personal laptop computer, forensics analysts found a number of child pornography videos.

On Tuesday, a jury was selected and attorneys gave their opening arguments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry, and Gray is being defended by William D. Smith, an attorney from Atlanta.

The trial will resume today at 9 a.m.

However, the victims, who are both under 16 years old, are McMurry’s first witnesses, and attorneys agreed to close the courtroom to the public with the exception of family members, attorneys, jurors and reporters.



More Local

Fair schedule includes wildlife program Saturday

A wildlife biologist and a fish pond expert will be speaking as part of “Outdoor Adventure Day” Saturday at the Coweta County Fa ... Read More


Slaying suspect arrested in Florida

Kerven Silvera Telsey, 21, the man wanted in the slaying of Kenneth Paul “K.P” Brown, 53, in Coweta County earlier this month, w ... Read More


Chamber holds reception for new WGTC president

Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce hosted a welcome reception honoring new West Georgia Technical College President Steve Daniel this week. & ... Read More


United We Stand hosts annual picnic Saturday

The Newnan-area community is invited to come out for food and fellowship at the 20th annual Youth Appreciating Senior Citizens Community and ... Read More


Voter registration deadline is Oct. 6

Paper absentee ballots are now available in advance of the Nov. 4 general election. The voter registration deadline for the election is Oct. ... Read More

Suspect in June assault arrested Tuesday

A man suspected of shooting at his girlfriend and her uncle in June was arrested Tuesday by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff&rsquo ... Read More