Victim in alleged rape testifies against suspect

Shawn James Jarrett

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A hearing for a man accused of raping an elderly woman was cut short after the judge granted his attorney’s request for a mental competency examination.

Shawn Jarrett appeared in Grandville District Court Thursday morning for his preliminary hearing on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of first-degree home invasion.

The alleged assault victim — whose scars were visible — testified during the hearing that on June 19, Jarrett came to the door of the home where she has lived for 50 years. She said he asked about rental properties in the area, saying he was interested in buying a home. The victim said Jarrett asked if her husband was home so he could speak to him about the area.

She said she then allowed him to use her phone. While waiting for Jarrett to return the phone, the woman testified that he busted into her house and knocked her over.

“I stood there waiting for him to hand [the phone] back, then he threw himself in. I fell back. … I was fighting and hitting and yelling and asking him to please not hurt me and not to do that,” she said. “I was screaming, ‘Don’t do this, my grandson will be back soon!’”

She went on to describe the alleged attack, saying Jarrett forced her into a bedroom.

“He was standing in front of me and I was kicking and trying to kick him, and he was standing there, and then he pushed me back on the bed,” she said. “At one point, he put his hand over my mouth and I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to be choked.'”

She said that after, he led her to her bathroom to “clean up.”

“He kicked me on the (bathroom) floor. He came back, threw my bedspread on top of me and I was just lying there on the floor.”

The victim said she called 911 after she heard Jarrett leave.

For the most part, Jarrett was expressionless as he listened to the woman’s testimony, though he did occasionally shake his head as she spoke.

The preliminary hearing for Jarrett, who is also a suspect in the murder of Berta Yolanda Reyes, will not continue until the results of the competency exam are available.

Jarrett previously served 30 years behind bars for raping and murdering his 64-year-old neighbor in Pennsylvania.


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