SAN ANTONIO - A man is on trial accused of raping a runaway teen then forcing her into prostitution. He is also standing trial for murder.
This case first unfolded in 2011. Police were investigating a murder but then stumbled upon the sex trafficking case linking the suspect to both cases.
Inside the 437th court, defendant Kwaku Agyin sat quietly watching his interview video from October 2011. It was presented to jurors as evidence.
"So what's my charge?" asked the defendant on the video.
Agyin is on trial accused of raping a 16-year-old runaway girl and then pimping her out in the streets of San Antonio in places like Motel 6 and Fiesta Inn.
Police said the teen told detectives that Agyin used her to lure 35-year-old Marcus Anderson into the Skyline Motel on Oct. 3. Police also said the teen said she saw Agyin shoot the victim.
Wednesday's trial focused on the aggravated sexual assault of a child and human trafficking charges he's facing.
On the video, he kept denying those allegations and even spoke to his dad over the phone the day he was arrested.
"She told me she was 29 years old," said Agyin on the video. "Police said she was 16 (and) they arrested me this morning."
The undercover detective on the video took the stand. Defense lawyers questioned his strategy, asking if he only presented pieces of the case to the suspect to get him to admit to the charges.
"I believe he admitted 'cause he did it." said the undercover detective.
The defense is trying to prove Agyin didn't force the teen into prostitution. They brought up a web page they found where the teen apparently wrote "green eyes, cherry doll, call me now".
The trial resumes Thursday morning.