Weatherford Democrat

October 15, 2013

Kidnapper's convictions upheld


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

An appellate court has upheld the convictions of a man found guilty last year of kidnapping a Parker County woman and holding her at knife point. 

A Parker County jury found Chuck Allen Little, 44, guilty of kidnapping and burglary of a habitation and gave him 99-year and 50-year sentences in February 2012.

Little, who represented himself with a standby attorney during the trial in the 415th District Court, appealed the convictions to the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. He alleged the court abused its discretion when it found him competent to stand trial and that the court erred by allowing him to exercise his right to self-representation. 

However, the appellate court overruled all of Little’s issues last week and affirmed the trial court’s conviction.  

According to testimony during the trial, Little traveled from his Oklahoma home in March 2011 and broke into the home of a 23-year-old Parker County woman weeks after she broke off the relationship and moved out of his house. He held her at knife point, threatening to kill her if she did not move back in with him, the victim testified. 

A neighbor called 911 after witnessing a woman attempting to escape the house. The neighbor told jurors she saw a woman come running from the house, screaming for help, followed by a man who put his hand over the woman’s mouth and pulled her by the hair back to the house, her feet dragging on the ground.

Little, who had four prior felony convictions, served 13 years on a prior burglary conviction.

Little’s former mother-in-law told jurors that Little broke into her home in 1989 and held her hostage, binding her with telephone cords. 

The woman said Little was attempting to get to his wife and child, who were in a women’s shelter, during the previous burglary.