Following two days of testimony in a home invasion and attempted rape trial, an odd question arose: Why does the defense attorney have the ID of the victim’s brother?
Defense attorney Craig Pake, who is representing Edricus Jumario Mayfield, 19, of Flowery Branch, cross-examined the woman’s brother after 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
The defense attorney’s questions focused on whether the victim’s brother had ever associated with Mayfield or others in and around the residence in which the alleged crime took place, which he denied. Mayfield was identified as a suspect based on fingerprint evidence police said was discovered in the home.
The woman’s brother, who is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges, said he was not previously acquainted with Mayfield.
Pake then presented what appeared to be a driver’s license and asked the witness if it was his ID, which he confirmed.
Pake did not explain in court how he had obtained the ID, why he had it, or what its significance might be.
Pake also did not answer these questions when asked outside of the courtroom.
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 related to a June 30, 2016, home invasion in Gainesville.
Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler described Tuesday in court a scenario that “sounds like a scene from a horror movie,” that she said happened as a Gainesville woman was brushing her teeth almost two years ago.
“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.
Mayfield was allegedly holding a metal bat when he encountered the woman.
Sgt. Samuel Orwig testified Tuesday about seven identifiable prints found while dusting an open window at the scene, which the woman said was kept closed.
Though the assault happened in June 2016, Mayfield was not identified as a suspect until April 2018.
“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.
Pake said the state’s case hinges on the fingerprint evidence, and that there is no identification by the victims and no other evidence collected in the house.
“Did they check these leads out properly?” Pake asked Tuesday.
There is potentially one witness left that may be called at 9 a.m. Thursday before closing arguments and Bearden’s jury instructions.
Following the instructions, the jury will enter deliberations.