Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jurors hear evidence about man accused in two rapes

April 23, 2008


Prosecutors are trying to prove a Douglas County man raped two women in separate incidents in 2005 and 2006, but the man's attorney said the sex was consensual and the women had motives to accuse him.

Jurors began hearing evidence Tuesday.

"It was two different women, two different situations, two very different violent crimes," said Amy McGowan, chief assistant Douglas County district attorney.

McGowan said prosecutors will try to prove that in December 2005 the suspect climbed into bed with a woman in his apartment south of Lawrence. Prosecutors say he overpowered and twice raped the woman, who was staying with him so she could drive him to work in the Kansas City area. The man had hired the woman as his driver, McGowan said, because he had "driver's license issues." McGowan didn't explain further.

After the attack, the woman was allowed to leave the apartment in the man's truck, but he later reported it stolen, McGowan said. When the woman found police in southern Lawrence, she said she had been raped, and sheriff's officers arrested the man later that day.

Defense attorney Sarah Swain said a medical exam turned up no trauma. Prosecutors dispute that.

Swain also said the woman was trying to avoid an arrest.

In the second incident, McGowan said, a longtime friend of the man went to his apartment four months after the first alleged attack - early one morning in April 2006 - to collect money he owed her. The two had had consensual sex within the last 10 years, she said. At the time, the man was free on bond after the other rape arrest.

The woman told sheriff's investigators he raped her and let her leave the apartment.

But Swain said that a sexual assault examination showed no trauma and that the woman wanted money from him to buy methamphetamine. She didn't go to the hospital for several hours after the incident.

"His liberty hangs in the balance because of accusations made by two women who both have motives to falsely accuse him of raping them," Swain said.

The man faces three rape charges and two charges of aggravated kidnapping. The Journal-World typically does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.

Testimony will resume at 9 a.m. today.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 1 month ago

It is hard to get justice to work in your favor when you are also involved in illegal activity. Any legitimate discussion about drug money will erode the alleged victim's credibility.People who are involved in criminal activities put themselves at all kinds of risk, even risks seemingly unrelated to their crimes.

Oracle_of_Rhode 10 years, 1 month ago

This all sounds a bit far fetched, especially with the drugs involved.

igby 10 years, 1 month ago

Douglas County should have a new trial rule. If a DA loses 3 rape trials in 12 months your fired. This would stop the DA from pandering to drug addicts who claim rape to avoid criminal charges. Since the DA can't be sued or held responsible for their malpractice, this rule would stand in as a safe guard against habit forming malpractice and abuses of power. Currently is strike 2 for this DA, losing these two new cases should be a notice to the public that it time for a change in the DA's office. These DA's have been found to be very lying before regarding facts.

tired_of_yer_bitchin 10 years, 1 month ago

and yet i know a woman who was passed out drunk and while she was passed out, some guy did her. and the DA wouldn't file charges against him. I don't know why. She sure didn't ask to have him on top of her while she was passed out!

imastinker 10 years, 1 month ago

It seems it would be pretty easy to find reasonable doubt here. I hope the guy is either innocent of the DA does a better job convincing the jury.

workinghard 10 years, 1 month ago

Isn't the DA an elected official, if so when is he up for re-election?

workinghard 10 years, 1 month ago

Hope someone runs against him so I can campaign for him/her.

pissedinlawrence 10 years, 1 month ago

I know one of the women and he only said she was trying to get meth from him to save his ass. He RAPED her, and probably raped the lady that was giving him rides. you people are very heartless. My friend loaned him money because HE is the meth head and when the loser didnt give her the money he got mad and violently raped her. She is not only a mother but a grandmother. The b** will go to prison.

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