A Gainesville woman was brushing her teeth one night when something happened that “sounds like a scene from a horror movie,” Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler told a jury Tuesday, May 14.
“She stands up and, where seconds ago there was no one in there except herself, there is now someone standing behind her with a weapon,” Fowler said.
Fowler’s opening statement kicked off the trial of Edricus Jumario Mayfield, 19, of Flowery Branch. Mayfield is accused of being that intruder during a home invasion June 30, 2016.
Mayfield was charged in a July indictment with aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape, home invasion, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and two counts of third-degree child cruelty.
The woman testified Tuesday that her two children had fallen asleep on the couch around 10 p.m., but a medical condition caused her to be restless.
She walked to her bathroom to brush her teeth.
“Looking back at her in the mirror, standing right behind her is a young man, face mostly covered, holding this bat,” Fowler said while gesturing with the bat in front of the jury.
The woman froze, struggling to register and react to the man staring back at her.
“I didn’t want to touch him. I didn’t want to hit him, because I didn’t know if he was going to hit me,” she said.
The woman said she started “freaking out” and nudged him. The suspect then grabbed her and shoved her into the bedroom, she said.
In the indictment, Mayfield was accused of “forcing (the woman) onto a bed and trying to remove her underwear.”
Following the alleged assault, the suspect ran toward the front door and out of the home.
The woman contacted police.
During the ensuing investigation, Sgt. Samuel Orwig dusted for any latent fingerprints on an open window, which the woman said was kept closed. Seven identifiable prints were collected by police.
Though the assault happened in June 2016, Mayfield was not identified as a suspect until April 2018.
Investigator Brad Raper, who until then had chased leads that didn’t pan out, asked his colleague Herman Cronic to rerun the prints found at the scene.
“When our crime scene technician ran the prints again, it came back with a hit for him,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said at the time of Mayfield’s arrest.
Defense attorney Craig Pake said the state’s case hinges on the fingerprint evidence, while there is no identification by the victims and no other evidence collected in the house.
“Did they check these leads out properly?” Pake asked.
Pake asked the jury to “keep an open mind,” claiming the state will not be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Cronic testified on the fingerprint analysis, saying he needed at least 12 matches of “minutiae,” or points, before he confirms an ID. Cronic said that criteria was met in this case.
Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden asked the jury to return at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to hear further evidence.