Lawton_ The assault trial of Bennie Cooper, Cache, opened Monday morning in Comanche County District Court. Cooper is accused of attacking a juror in February 2006.
Cooper was on trial at the time for kidnapping and raping his stepdaughter. As he was being led into the courtroom, Cooper lunged at a juror, grabbed him by the neck, and started choking him.
As a result of the outburst, the judge declared a mistrial in the rape and kidnapping case.
Cooper's new trial on those charges will start May 14th.