Monday, 04 April 2016 15:18

Man Convicted of Rape, Burglary, Theft

MEMPHIS – April 2, 2016- A Southwest Memphis man has been convicted of raping a 64-year-old woman at gunpoint after kicking in the back door of her home, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Saturday.
A Criminal Court jury convicted Maurice Baxter, 26, of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000.
He faces 15 to 43 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge James Beasley Jr. on April 28.
The attack occurred around 10 p.m. on July 27, 2012, when the woman arrived at her home off of Weaver Road and was confronted by two men, one of whom ran off.
Investigators said Baxter raped the woman, demanded her jewelry and went outside where he sat in her car, though he had no keys. He ran away when the woman ran to neighbors while screaming for help.
He was tied to the crime by DNA.
Baxter, who also goes by Maurice Gross, was arrested a month later after breaking into another home near Poplar and Highland. He pled guilty to that burglary in 2014 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Josh Corman of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.