SFA professor takes stand in kidnapping trial

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The third day of the Angelina County aggravated kidnapping trial began with an SFA professor answering questions about hypothetical domestic violence situations.

Stephen Wallace's attorney, J.R. Smith, used a hypothetical love triangle situation to get the professional opinion of David Lawson, Ph. D., regarding his knowledge of domestic violence.

Wallace is accused of beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. Authorities say he is a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Prosecuting attorney Art Bauereiss then asked Lawson to assume a situation much like the aggravated kidnapping case being tried, including a hypothetical cemetery beating and high-speed chase. He asked him to assume the victim was made to get in the trunk of a car on a hot summer evening and she, "then is taken to a cemetery…that the boyfriend removes her from the car…and begins beating her."

He had Lawson assume further that the hypothetical victim had physical injuries in the form of contusions on her body. Bauereiss asked the witness if the hypothetical victim would more likely be terrorized by the defense or prosecution's hypothetical situation and Lawson responded, "Certainly the one of your [Bauereiss's]  description."

The state asked if it is possible for a victim to still be in love with a person that has orchestrated a situation such as the hypothetical and he responded "yes."

KTRE has chosen not to reveal the name of the victim in order to protect her identity.

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