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Oct 17, 2013 6:38 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Musich's Mother and His Victim Testify in Sentencing Phase

CORPUS CHRISTI - The 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped and raped last December came face-to-face with the teenage boy who assaulted her Thursday morning.

Grasping on to a stuffed cat, terrified, and shielding herself from the teen who kidnapped and raped her, the victim took the stand today to tell the jury how she has been since the brutal attack. Breaking down in tears she told the jury, "if he gets out, I'm scared I won't be able to be independent. I'm scared I will see him." She went on to tell the jury that she hasn't been able to live a normal life since the attack... saying, "I have really bad anxiety issues, I'm afraid to go to my friend's houses."

Musich never once looked the victim in the eyes.. And began crying as she left the courtroom. He did the same with the victim's mother as she told the jury, "she doesn't fee safe. She still has to sleep with me. She can't take a shower without me being there. Her independence has gone. She can't be alone."

She also told the jury how her 14-year old son has had issues. At the time of the girl's kidnapping, he was walking the family's pit bull and was walking ahead of his sister. When he realized what was going on, he let the dog go but it was too late. The victim's mother says he hasn't been able to forgive himself ever since.

But his demeanor changed once her father walked in. Musich looked directly at the victim's father as he told the jury,"They took away her innocence. They took away a big part of her life... If I was to to see any of them in public, for me it would be hard to restrain myself."

Jacob Musich's mother took the stand later that afternoon. She told the jury that he had some troubles with synthetic marijuana, but that doesn't explain or justify what he did in December of last year.

"I feel shame. I feel angry. I feel every emotion. But he's still my son. And I don't understand it," said Music's mother Sharon Musich.

Testimony will continue Friday morning. At that time both attornies are expected to give their closing arguments and a jury will decide Musich's punishment.

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