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Alleged Victim, Foster Parent Testify Today In Booger Red Kelly Trial

Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly's defense attorney, Thad Davidson, looks back into the courtroom today as fellow defense attorney Tina Brumbelow sits close by. Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly's defense attorney, Thad Davidson, looks back into the courtroom today as fellow defense attorney Tina Brumbelow sits close by.
Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly listens to testimony in court today. Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly listens to testimony in court today.

She spent hours testifying in the Mineola child sex ring case Tuesday, and today, she was still testifying, painting a vivid picture of the hallways inside that club.

Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly is the third defendant to go on trial in this case, and KLTV 7's Layron Livingston was in the courtroom today as questions and objections continued, beginning with testimony from the first witness called yesterday - an 11 year old girl.

In her own words, she told the jury what she remembered decorated the walls of the Mineola building in which she says she was forced to dance.

When the defense attorney asked her, "Did you ever have any pictures on the wall without your clothes on," the girl replied, "Yes." Then the defense asked, "Where were those pictures without your clothes on hung, do you remember?"

"Right there on the walls," the child replied.

It was a long cross examination for the young girl. The defense questioned her for another three hours today. Then it was the state's turn.

Assistant district attorney Joe Murphy asked the little girl,"Is Booger Red sitting in the courtroom like you pointed to yesterday?"

"Yes," the girl replied. "Did Booger Red hurt you?" Again, a "yes" from the witness. "Did Booger Red hurt your brother," asked Murphy. As Kelly's defense attorney objected, the little girl replied "yes" to Murphy's question.

Later, the focus turned to the young child's life outside the Mineola sex club.

"They were fearful of someone coming to our house," foster parent Julie Stokes testified today.

The young witness and her brother, another child victim, went to live with Stokes for several weeks, and according to her, were always fearful of their past.

"Did they ever mention Booger Red?" the defense asked Stokes, elliciting a "yes" from her.

She said the little boy showed signs of aggression, and was always fighting. One day, he made a surprising request.

"He wanted to watch some movies with naked people in them," Stokes testified. "I said no, we don't watch those types of movies."

During cross examination, the defense pounced.

"Wouldn't you agree that people raise their children differently," asked the defense attorney. "Yes," replied Stokes.

The prosecution fired back.

"Ms. Stokes, is this just a case of people raising kids differently," asked Murphy. "Absolutely not," said Stokes.

The state called other witnesses today, the defense kept objecting - and this trial is far from over. Testimony will resume tomorrow morning. We will be there, and will have the latest for you in this case on KLTV 7 News and right here on KLTV.com.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com  

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