Rape Trial Begins In Effingham County

Effingham County Courthouse
Effingham County Courthouse

The trial for a young Effingham County boy kidnapped and assaulted a year and a half ago began Tuesday.

Josh Dunson is facing several charges and the possibility of 3 life sentences and 60 years in prison.  Dunson has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Tuesday afternoon jurors heard opening statements and testimonies, including testimony from the woman who found the little boy in nothing but a shirt and jacket standing on the side of the road waiving for help on that cold rainy December day and also from the nurses at Effingham Hospital who first cared for the boy.

The prosecution warned the jurors about how graphic this case was and so far the testimonies have been pretty hard to listen to.

The prosecution says Dunson admitted he committed the crime to deputies, but the defense claims Dunson was 21-years-old at the time, only had a 7th grade education and was mentally challenged, so his confession should not be counted.

The state will call more witnesses Wednesday morning.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com