John McCann writes in the Herald-Sun:
DURHAM, North Carolina — A grandmother who authorities say committed sexual acts with her grandson because she believed she needed to get a demon off him insisted she understood rejecting a plea offer could mean more than a decade in prison.
The woman made it clear she’d allow jurors to give thumbs up or down on what she did and didn’t do with her own child’s child. Toni Stowers-Moore wants a trial.
Addressing concern about the defendant’s sanity, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens on Thursday ruled Stowers-Moore is competent to stand trial based on the findings of a certified forensic examiner. That trial is expected to start Monday.
Stowers-Moore, 52, is charged with statutory rape/sex offense in which the defendant is six years older than the victim, incest with a child and sexual battery. The crimes allegedly occurred between July 28, 2008 and Aug. 1, 2008, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. Stowers-Moore was arrested Aug. 28, 2008 for allegedly committing sexual acts on her grandson, who at the time was 15.
But the defendant, a former Durham Public Schools teacher assistant, said she was carrying out her religious duty by both having sex with and masturbating her grandson, Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said. According to Stowers-Moore, her grandson had a sexual demon on him, so, by having sexual relations with him, she sacrificed her own body in order to save innocent people from his potential advances, the prosecutor told the judge.
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