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Lawrence man, 36, ordered to stand trial on rape charge

May 4, 2012


A Douglas County judge Friday ordered a 36-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on a rape charge related to a domestic incident in April in the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road.

But District Judge Sally Pokorny said the case prosecutors presented at the hearing was “thin,” but she ruled prosecutors met the burden of probable cause based on an interview Lawrence police officers had with the defendant.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Skinner said the man, speaking through a Spanish interpreter, told police he molested the 30-year-old woman. Skinner said the alleged incident occurred while the woman, an acquaintance, was upset with the defendant.

But defense attorney Thomas Johnson said prosecutors did not play the video during the hearing and argued Pokorny was asked to make the decision based on the testimony of the interpreter, Oscar Marino, and police. Johnson said the defendant also repeatedly denied accusations against him for most of the police interview.

Pokorny scheduled a trial for Aug. 8. The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.


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