Darrious Mathis was found guilty Tuesday by a Cobb County jury. His first case ended in a mistrial in September after his first defense team said the man’s good looks might explain why his sexual encounter with the victim may have been consensual.
The 24-year-old woman said Mathis forced her to drive to Atlanta from the store in Austell and raped her.
Mathis has maintained his innocence and said the woman was buying illegal prescription medication from him at the time.
Surveillance video from the CVS store showed Mathis crouching behind a trash can near the entrance to the store as the then-24-year-old victim entered the store and exited a few minutes later after making a purchase. She had just gotten off work.
The video then shows Mathis quickly approaching the woman, who gets in the driver’s seat while Mathis gets in the back seat of the vehicle, sitting behind her. They then drove away.
The victim tearfully told jurors Mathis had a revolver, and she was so frightened she wet her pants when he forced her into the car. She said Mathis forced her to drive into Atlanta near Greenbriar Mall, where he sexually assaulted her, and he then made her drive to several ATMs until she could get money out of her bank accounts.
DNA and other physical evidence corroborated her account.
“This is a woman’s worst nightmare,” Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring said. “This man is a dangerous predator.”
District Attorney Vic Reynolds added that the victim was tremendously brave.
“We are very proud of this young lady, who demonstrated remarkable courage in testifying,” Reynolds said.
During both trials, Mathis, 23, took the stand in his own defense. He acknowledged selling pills outside the CVS that night and said he sold some to the victim. He also said they drove around and had a sexual encounter at her behest.
Jurors found Mathis guilty of kidnapping, carjacking, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Lark Ingram set sentencing for April 9. Mathis could be sentenced to up to 70 years in prison.
The first trial, last September, ended with a mistrial when one juror didn’t vote to convict Mathis.
Mathis was represented in the current trial by attorney W. Carter Clayton in Atlanta.