Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of the State of Louisiana Parish of Morehouse versus Kenneth Mitchell, 44, of Bastrop.
Mitchell was arrested Aug. 9, 2012 on charges of aggravated rape and cruelty to the infirm by officers with the Bastrop Police Department following a complaint where he allegedly committed rape against a victim with diminished capacities.
Upon his arrest, bond was set at $150,000 on the rape charge and at $50,000 on the cruelty to the infirm charge. Since his arrest, Mitchell has been housed at the Morehouse Parish Jail.
If convicted on the charges Mitchell faces life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.