BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The 82-year-old woman who says she was forced to perform a sex act on the man who pushed his way into her home and robbed her told her story to a jury in the first day of the suspect’s trial.
Aaron McKenzie Capers is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Capers’ mother is his trial lawyer. Sharon Capers is a practicing attorney.
Goose Creek police say Capers pushed his way into the elderly woman’s home, forced her to perform a sex act at knifepoint, then took cash and her debit card. Police also say Capers was seen in surveillance cameras using the victim’s debit card at a gas station.
Capers’ accuser, who we are not identifying, testified a man wearing dark clothing and a Halloween mask showed her a knife several times and then forced her to perform a sex act.
She testified her attacker wanted her debit card and PIN.
The elderly woman said she didn’t know the number but would drive him to her bank to get money out of her account. She told jurors when the garage door opened she ran to her neighbor’s house across the street for help.
Prosecutor Bryan Alfaro told jurors Capers, who lived in the woman’s neighborhood, ran to his house.
Alfaro said police got a search warrant and found the mask used in the attack at the house.
The prosecutor also said witnesses will testify that Capers tried to pay someone to kill the woman while he was in jail for the other charges.
Capers is also accused in a murder-for-hire scheme in May 2018 for which he faces one count of solicitation to commit a felony, according to SLED spokesman Thom Berry. Capers is accused of offering to pay someone $2,500 to murder another person, Berry said. The current trial does not involve the charge related to the murder-for-hire scheme.
Testimony will continue Tuesday.