Jury convicts man accused in Texas rapes

September 21, 2011 - 6:35 PM

EDNA, Texas (AP) — A jury has convicted Texas man suspected of a being a serial rapist who targeted older women on charges he sexually assaulted a disabled woman.

Jurors rejected claims by Billy Joe Harris that he suffers from multiple personality disorder and found him guilty Wednesday on two sexual assault charges and one burglary charge.

The 54-year-old Harris was convicted of raping a woman in Edna, located about 100 miles southwest of Houston.

Authorities believe Harris is "The Twilight Rapist," so dubbed because most of the attacks happened just before dawn. They say DNA samples link him to five other assaults or attempted assaults over two years in Central and Southeast Texas.