Jury takes 38 minutes to convict man in 2008 Fort Worth rape

Posted Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010
By MARTHA DELLER, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM

FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County jury took just 38 minutes Wednesday to convict a 23-year-old man of raping a longtime family friend in 2008 after threatening to kill her with a bat and a kitchen knife.

Today, jurors are expected to decide punishment for Jeremy Dontae Craft after hearing about his violent past -- from the 2000 sexual assault of a teenage boy in a state juvenile facility to his threats last week to kill state District Judge Elizabeth Berry.

Craft, who caused his third courtroom disturbance Tuesday by shouting obscenities at visiting Judge Phillip Vick and prosecutor Christy Jack, told Vick on Wednesday that he wanted to tell jurors "my side of the story."

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