Earlier this week, Sims, a relative of Lisa Strain, alleged incest on Strain and another family member. She detailed an incident that occurred at a hunting camp, where Strain is accused of giving pornography to the family member. Lisa Strain's attorney disputed Sims' account, saying her allegations were salacious. Despite her recent conviction, Lisa Strain has maintained her innocence. The jury selection process began on Monday.
At the trial, a woman who specializes in child exploitation testified against Lisa Strain. She said Strain's victims were children who lacked father figures. The woman's testimony was supported by testimony from a licensed counselor who specialized in child abuse pediatrics. The accuser was not the only one who testified against Strain, and a woman who was accused of rape was in the audience.
The accuser also reported the incident to law enforcement. She said Strain touched him inappropriately as a child. The accuser was incarcerated in Livingston Parish. The victim revealed the incident to investigators when he was in jail. The special agent said the victim broke down in tears when speaking about the abuse. He said he will never forget the raw emotion he felt while speaking to the victim. The victim is a family member of Strain.
Another family member testified to the abuse while he was in high school. He said the victim was often drunk and on the couch. A fourth accuser recalled emotional abuse as a child. He alleged that Lisa Strain once abused him in a hunting camp and on a four-wheeler. The accuser said he would wear two pairs of underwear around Lisa Strain.
Lisa Strain, the wife of Jack Strain, finished her testimony just before lunch. Although she admitted having contact with some of his alleged victims, Lisa Strain still maintains her husband's innocence. After a 15-minute recess, the trial will resume with a new witness. She also testified that Jack is innocent of the charges.
While the book does not reveal whether Strain married again, it does detail the events leading up to the death of Phil Hartman. In 1988, Strain had sent a card to Brynn and Phil Hartman in celebration of the birth of their son Sean Edward. Brynn Hartman responded with a hate-filled letter.
The defense team for the former sheriff has remained relatively silent since the indictment, but legal analysts expect a more vocal defense this week. The former sheriff's political weight has caused each judge to recuse. This week, the case will be presided by former Lafourche Parish Judge A. Bruce Simpson, who will briefly step out of retirement to oversee the case.