David Harold Earls He is jailed until Sept. 24 in the rape of a 4-year-old girl. He plea bargained a one-year term.
The mother was behind closed doors for about an hour Monday with the jury. Her testimony is expected to indicate Earls had a pattern of abusing children.
The girl’s mother said she accepted Earls’ sentence because he is thought to have about five years to live.
"One year to him is like 20 years to a normal, healthy person,” she said. "That’s why I was OK with the one-year sentence.”
Earls’ former girlfriend, Bobbie Oglesby, accompanied the victim’s mother. She said Earls seemed very caring during the couple of months they dated.
"I never had an inkling there was anything going on,” she said. "When (the grandmother) called and told me about it, it was a teetotal mind-blower.”
Earls’ attorney in the rape case, Tim Mills, was in the courthouse representing clients in other cases. He said he hasn’t been subpoenaed, and he doesn’t know whether he will be asked to represent Earls before the grand jury.
"I’m pleased with the outcome we got the first time,” Mills said.
"I’m not sure I want to go through it again.”
Before noon, a woman who accompanied the victim’s mother apparently passed out while she was in the hallway.
Firefighters carried her away on a gurney.