MIAMI – A woman who claims a man tried to rape her inside her car in December 2013 testified Tuesday at his trial in Miami-Dade County.
Detectives said the victim, who was 18 at the time, was shaking when she identified Terrance Jefferson as the culprit in a photo lineup.
Jefferson didn't take the stand Tuesday, but the 36-year-old's voice filled the courtroom for 45 minutes, as jurors watched an interrogation video showing Miami detectives questioning him about his whereabouts on the last weekend of December 2013.
Investigators said the convicted felon went on an end-of-the-year crime spree, raping, robbing and kidnapping women.
Police said Jefferson offered the teen a ride during bad weather on Dec. 28. Once the victim was inside the car, he pulled out a gun and ordered her to take off her clothes, but she escaped and ran away, police said.
On Dec. 30, Jefferson allegedly entered another woman's car, robbed her and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, police said.
A day later he reportedly called a 9-year-old and 13-year-old girl to his car. The kids screamed, dropped their cellphone and laptop and ran away from Jefferson, who allegedly had a gun.
"Man, I was in Jacksonville. You want to call my mama and my daddy," he asked detectives.
But minutes later, Jefferson admits that he was in Miami and said he picked up the teenager.
"I seen the girl and went to holla at her," he said.
The interrogation continues and Jefferson changes his story once again. This sets off detectives who claim he's lying.
"You're trying to lie," a detective said.
"I'm not lying," Jefferson said.
"Just tell the truth," the detective said.
Jefferson claims he didn't hurt the woman in the Dec. 28 case. Jefferson is charged in three different cases and this is the first case he's standing trial in.
Testimony will resume Wednesday morning.