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New details emerge in jogger's sexual assault case
Brandon Nix enters Hall County Magistrate Court on Monday for his committal hearing. Nix, 27, has been accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old girl on Barrett Road and sexually assaulting her.

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator testified a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl returned her to her jogging path Nov. 2 with his girlfriend driving the car.

Brandon Scott Nix, 27, is accused of grabbing a 17-year-old girl off Barrett Road and taking her to his Wood Creek Place residence in East Hall County. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her in his bedroom, Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jamie Compton said Monday morning at a probable cause hearing.

The 17-year-old was jogging along Barrett Road in the morning of Nov. 2 when a red Dodge pickup approached her.

“Her path to run was Barrett Road to the end and back,” Compton said.

The victim told police “the white male had a heavy odor of alcohol.” After a brief exchange with a man she believed to be named “Charles,” the victim told police Nix grabbed her by the wrist. Compton said she attempted to escape through the passenger door.

According to the original warrants, Nix allegedly choked the victim — causing her to lose consciousness — and pulled her into the truck.

The victim recalled the details of the residence’s exterior and interior, including a Confederate flag in the front yard and no furniture in the living room, Compton said.

After Nix began allegedly sexually assaulting the victim, Nix’s girlfriend Brenda Baker knocked on the front door. He left the bedroom to speak with Baker, according to investigators.

The two began arguing, Compton said, with Nix blocking the way to the bedroom.

“She wanted to know why she couldn’t go toward the bedroom,” Compton said.

The victim then grabbed her sweatshirt and leggings and ran to Baker for help. After trying to determine whether she was in a relationship with Nix or not, Baker told the victim to get into her car, Compton said.

Nix’s girlfriend, who was driving, and Nix dropped off the victim at the corner of Truelove and Barrett roads, the sheriff’s investigator said.

Nix approached the victim again in a vehicle while she ran home, when he “threw the rest of her clothes out the window at her” and said he was sorry, Compton said.

When investigators searched Nix’s home, they were unable to find the victim’s missing bra nor any signs or traces of ejaculation. Investigators also did not collect sheets, Compton said.

Nix is charged with sexual battery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated sodomy, attempted rape and kidnapping.

Magistrate Court Judge Tracy Loggins heard arguments from Nix’s attorney William Hollingsworth and the state’s attorney on whether the alleged actions taken by Nix constituted attempted rape.

All charges against Nix are headed to Superior Court, Loggins said.

Baker has been charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

The investigation is ongoing.