Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Testimony to resume in rape hearing

November 24, 2004

Testimony is expected to resume next week in Leavenworth County District Court in a case against a Basehor man charged with battering and raping his wife.

The 40-year-old man is charged in district court with rape, domestic battery and criminal restraint. His preliminary hearing began Wednesday, Nov. 10; because of time constraints, the hearing was continued until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, prosecutors said.

The defendant's name is being withheld from publication in compliance with Chieftain-Sentinel policy not to identify victims -- in this case, the alleged victim is the man's wife -- of sex-related crimes.

The defendant's attorney, Michael Wilcott of Leavenworth, is scheduled to open his defense after the prosecution concludes its case. A district court judge will decide whether the case will go to jury trial.

The defendant was arrested Oct. 8 at his home in the 14500 block of Parallel Road.

The defendant was ordered by a district court judge to stay away from his family. According to Basehor police reports, the alleged victim told police Nov. 19 that she suspected her husband of violating the order.

No charges were filed because the woman could not positively identify her husband as the person following her.

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