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Trial begins for man suspected in brutal beating of war veteran

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

An 81-year old Korean War veteran is expected to take the stand on Tuesday in the trial of his alleged attacker.

In May 2011, Tom Mixon was beaten senseless in his South Houston home by a suspect who then ransacked the house, stealing valuables and the elderly man's pickup truck.

But whoever bludgeoned Tom Mixon left behind something as well: a bloody footprint.

And in court on Monday, investigators told the jury they found the matching shoes on the feet of 23-year old Charles Jacquard Turner.

They also testified that DNA testing tied the defendant to the crime.Turner is on trial for felony aggravated assault.

Mixon, who has recovered from the attack, is supposed to testify against him on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom Mixon is well-known in the city of South Houston. He is active in promoting awareness of the sacrifices of fellow war veterans.

And he also runs a 4,000-square foot museum showcasing the creations of his twin sons.

Bart and Bret Mixon both work in Hollywood, creating special effects for famous movies.

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