Houston man found guilty in rape of 4-year-old girl; not her death
HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has found a Houston-area man guilty of raping his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter shortly before her death last year.
The panel deliberated three and half hours Tuesday before convicting 28-year-old Lucas Coe of Spring of super aggravated sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors tell the Houston Chronicle they didn't charge Coe in the girl's death because the elevated assault charge could lead to a stiffer sentence. He faces up to life in prison in the penalty phase, which begins Wednesday.
An autopsy found that Emma Thompson had a severed pancreas and fractured skull. Her mother, Abigail Young, is serving 20 years in prison for injury to a child by omission.