Trial For 2013 Crimes Begins Monday

Billy Joe Nelson

Billy Joe Nelson

On New Year’s Day 2013 a Tullahoma woman was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted, raped and robbed.
Tullahoma resident Billy Joe Nelson, 31, of 1209 East Lauderdale Street, was charged with carjacking, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery. His trial begins Monday.
He has been held since his arrest under a bond of $1.25 million.
During a preliminary hearing held in February 2013 the victim testified that she had gotten into her vehicle and went to sleep while her husband finished getting his equipment from where his band had played in Manchester. During the preliminary hearing she testified that when she woke up “there was a stranger driving her vehicle.”
She testified that he then drove the vehicle on Highway 55 toward Tullahoma. The man allegedly sexually assaulted her.
She testified that she attempted to get out but he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back inside the vehicle and bit her on the face.
He then drove to Dossett Apartments in Tullahoma where he took her rings and threatened her to stay in the vehicle. She testified that he told her that he had a gun but never showed it to her. He then got out of the vehicle and went into the apartments. Police later recovered her belongings from a trash can near the apartments.
He went into the apartments and while he was in there she was able to drive away and call 911. She met a Tullahoma officer and was transported to Harton Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A woman described as Nelson’s girlfriend told officers that she dropped him off near where the abduction occurred in Manchester. She also told Manchester Police investigators that Nelson called her around 3 a.m. to come to Dossett Apartments.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder will prosecute the case and Nelson will be defended by Manchester attorney Jeremy Parham.
(Thanks to Wayne Thomas of the Tullahoma News for his help with this story)