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Rape trial begins in Person Co.

Posted September 28, 2009 4:52 p.m. EDT

— Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of raping an elderly woman in February.

Sammy Davis Hatchett, 44, of 75 Foxcroft Drive in Timberlake, faces charges of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual offense.

According to court documents, the State Bureau of Investigation found a DNA match between Hatchett and his 83-year-old victim.

Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said the attack appears to have been random.