Texas man suspected of series of rapes testifies

By JUAN A. LOZANO | September 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

EDNA, Texas (AP) — A Texas man suspected of being a serial rapist who targeted older women has testified that he was sexually abused as a child, suffers from multiple personality disorder and has been visited by aliens.

Billy Joe Harris on Monday verbally sparred with a prosecutor who tried to convince jurors that Harris' claims were simply attempts to manipulate the justice system.

The 54-year-old Harris, his body twitching and shaking, took the stand to testify in his own defense after prosecutors rested their case earlier in the day.

Harris is a former Texas prison employee who is on trial for allegedly raping a disabled woman on Jan. 8. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.