Morin's trial moved from San Diego to Hebbronville

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Jury selection was scheduled to begin today in the trial of Abel Morin Jr., a man charged with the aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping of a mother and her daughter in San Diego last year.

Although the case is set in the 229th District Court in San Diego, the trial will be held in Hebbronville because of a change of venue request.

In October 2006, Morin was indicted on 12 separate charges related to a July 22, 2006 incident in which he allegedly broke into a San Diego home and sexually assaulted a mother and her daughter.

Those charges include unlawful restraint, unlawful restraint of a child, aggravated kidnapping, robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, burglary of a habitation, failure to register as a sex offender and five counts of aggravated sexual assault

According to San Diego Police Department reports, Morin allegedly broke into a home on Shaeffer Street in San Diego and sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter.

Morin then allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to the 40-year-old woman and took the 16-year-old girl to a secluded area southwest of San Diego, where he allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager again.

Morin was arrested the following day in San Diego.

Morin is represented by defense attorney David Towler, and the prosecutor in the case is Assistant District Attorney Jon West.

Judge Alex Gabert is the presiding judge in the case.