A judge ruled last week that prosecutors in “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden’s trial will be allowed to tell the jury about sexual assault allegations that took place outside the parish in which Hayden is currently being charged, according to The Advocate.
Next month in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., Hayden will face two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape in which he allegedly assaulted two preteen girls, one in the 1990s and the other more recently.
In the case’s most recent development, the judge has permitted prosecutors to also discuss another charge of aggravated rape Hayden is facing in Livingston Parish.
Prosecutors want to show the jury that Hayden has a “lustful disposition toward children,” and they’re hoping to use the alleged Livingston incident to prove it.
Bo Rougeou, who represents Hayden in the East Baton Rouge court case, accused prosecutors of “piling on,” noting that the two police reports prosecutors want a jury to hear about were filed after Hayden’s arrest on the East Baton Rouge charges.
The Livingston incident allegedly involved Hayden’s oldest daughter, who said on the “Dr. Phil” show in 2014 that her father got intoxicated one night about 20 years ago, came into her bedroom, and pinched and kissed her while trying to take her clothes off. She said she escaped and he never touched her inappropriately again.
Rougeou also claims to have “a lot of alibi evidence,” but is having trouble using it due to the imprecise time at which the alleged assaults took place.
Prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter responded by noting that because the victims are juveniles, they aren’t able to provide a more precise date range.
“The state can’t do any more,” she said.
“Sons of Guns” ran for several seasons on the Discovery Channel before being abruptly canceled due to the allegations against Hayden. The show took place in Red Jacket Firearms, a Baton Rouge custom gun shop he owned at the time. The store is now called Meaux Guns and Ammo. Hayden has no affiliation with it, according to The Advocate.
“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” Discovery said in a statement to Fox 411.
If convicted on either of the aggravated rape charges, Hayden will face a mandatory life sentence.