A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a Lawrence man to face a trial on rape and aggravated burglary charges in connection with an April 2010 incident at a Lawrence apartment.
During a preliminary hearing, the victim, a 20-year-old woman, said she was intoxicated early on April 24, 2010, after a night of drinking and woke up the next morning to the suspect having sex with her. The woman testified she had blacked out and last remembered one of her friends helping her to the couch after giving her a ride home from The Pool Room, 925 Iowa.
The woman said she was an acquaintance of the defendant but didn’t know how he got into her apartment at Campus Court at Naismith Apartments, 1301 W. 24th St.
The woman’s friend testified that she had left her on the couch and that no one else was in the apartment when she left about 2 a.m. The friend said she didn’t lock the apartment when she left because she didn’t have a key.
The alleged victim said that the suspect left the apartment when she became upset and that she called police the next day after talking with friends.
District Judge Peggy Kittel agreed to bind over the defendant on charges of rape and aggravated burglary.
The defendant remains free on $10,000 bond, and Kittel scheduled an arraignment in the case for June 7.
The Journal-World generally does not identify sex-crime suspects unless they have been convicted.