COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Slidell man of raping a woman who was part of a traveling carnival that had stopped in the area.
Alvin Davis, 56, was found guilty of raping a 21-year-old woman in 2014.
The jury deliberated just under two-and-a-half hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict on forcible rape charges.
Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Jerry Smith prosecuted the case.
The case had been dismissed earlier when the victim, who was living in New England, failed to appear for a hearing. But prosecutors filed new charges and continued to pursue the case.
"The victim was understandably reluctant to return to the state of Louisiana," District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.
The victim went to Davis's trailer with her boyfriend to buy marijuana on Jan. 18, 2014. The three of them -- the victim, her boyfriend, and Davis -- then smoked together.
When the boyfriend left to go to the store with two other men, Davis began making sexual advances. She pushed him away, but he shoved her on the bed. When she tried to get up, he punched her in the face and she fell to the floor.
Davis then picked her up, pushed her on the bed and raped her. Afterward, she left the trailer and walked to the trailer where she was staying.
The victim later told her boyfriend and friends, who took her to the hospital. DNA evidence was found that linked Davis to the victim.
Davis is a candidate for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law and may face a mandatory life sentence. He has 13 prior felony convictions and one misdemeanor conviction on his criminal record.
A hearing to determine that is set for August 1 before District Judge Scott Gardner.