Trial Continues For Man Accused of Aggravated Rape and More

Billy Joe Nelson

Billy Joe Nelson

A Tullahoma woman recalled the horrifying incidents that she said occurred to her on New Year’s Day 2013 when she was abducted and allegedly raped during testimony in Coffee County Circuit Court Monday.
The woman was the first witness to take the stand in the trial of Billy Joe Nelson, 33, of Tullahoma who is accused of aggravated rape, carjacking, robbery and aggravated kidnapping of the woman.
The victim took the stand in Coffee County Circuit Court this week in Manchester and testified about the incident.
Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder, he asked the victim if she saw the man who abducted her in the courtroom and she pointed to Nelson and said she had no doubt that he was her attacker.
Nelson’s attorney Jeremy Parham stated that the crime lab tested the car and found no fingerprints of Nelson in the car nor did they find any of his hair in the car.
Parham stated that the victim’s life changed that night and so did Nelson’s life.
The defense will present their side of the case on Wednesday.