BY LEANN DILBECK –
Billy Vaught has been arrested and charged with Sexual Assault – 2nd Degree by Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett. Vaught turned himself in on Monday, December 15 and was released on $5,000 bond.
The investigation has been ongoing since an incident in which Vaught was shot in his home in November 2013. Lori Rose was convicted of the crime in November 2014 and found guilty of Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery (2nd Degree), and Terroristic Threatening (2nd Degree) by a Polk County jury and sentenced to 72-years. Rose and Vaught, who had been romantically involved, were estranged at the time of the incident.
Vaught testified during the trial that he kicked the gun causing it to go off, striking him in the leg. Rose’s family has maintained that Vaught’s actions earlier in the day, of which a police report was filed involving a 13-year old minor family member of Rose’s, triggered her confrontation of Vaught.
Vaught’s attorney waived his arraignment.
*All persons within this article are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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