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Suspected Serial Rapist Gets Two Counts Dismissed and $2 Million Bond Reduced to $150,000
A suspected serial rapist gets two major counts dismissed in Knoxville, Tennessee. If he was convicted of the aggravated rape charge alone, a Class A felony, he would have faced 25 years to life without the eligibility for early release.
By: The Law Office of Troy L. Bowlin, II
In early November of 2012, the 38-year-old man and accused serial rapist was taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to rape two females. The suspect picked up a female shortly after 4:00 a.m. on a Wednesday in November for the purpose of paying for sexual favors, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s investigation. The suspect drove the woman to Archie Weigel Road in East Knox County where he raped her at gunpoint. Afterward, the woman escaped from the suspect and ran to a nearby residence where the homeowner called E-911.
Then, less than 24 hours later shortly before 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning, the suspect offered a ride home to a second female victim. According to deputies instead of taking her home he instead drove to a gravel road on River Landing Way in East Knox County where he threatened her with a knife and attempted to rape her. The second victim managed to escape his vehicle; however, when she fled he attempted to run over her. She ran into a wooded area and called police.
Since the initial arrest for the rape and attempted rape, two more women have come forward with accusations against the “serial rapist.” The 38-year-old suspect was ultimately charged with two additional counts of rape after he was identified as the suspect in two sexual assaults that were reported in September, according to warrants.
The suspect was initially charged with aggravated rape and attempted aggravated rape. In the new sexual assault allegations, one alleged victim claims he assaulted her at an abandoned house on Archie Weigel Lane in the early morning hours of September 20, 2012 and the other victim reported that the suspect drove her to a secluded area on River Landing Way and assaulted before she was able to escape. All four assaults took place within a mile of the suspect’s residence.
On December 5th, attorney Bowlin was successful in arguing that two counts could be dismissed. One of the counts against his client was for aggravated rape, a Class A felony offense which is in the same class as attempted first degree murder and second degree murder.
If Bowlin’s client was convicted on the aggravated rape charge alone he would have faced 25 years in prison without the eligibility for early release. This means his client would have had no other choice but to serve 100% of his time.
The second charge was for Class B felony rape. If Bowlin’s client was convicted he would have faced 12 years in prison and would have had to serve 100% of his time. As a result of the two serious felony charges being successfully argued and dismissed, the amount of bond was reduced from $2 million down to $150,000.00.
The Law Office of Troy L. Bowlin, II is a criminal defense firm that serves Hamblen County and Morristown, Tennessee. The firm’s lead attorney, Troy L. Bowlin, II graduated from the University of Tennessee where he majored in political science. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate (law degree) from Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. While attending law school, attorney Bowlin clerked for the Honorable Judge Tony W. Stansberry and he served as a senior clerk for the Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office.
Attorney Bowlin represents individuals facing all levels of state and federal crimes including DUI, drug crimes, sex crimes, federal crimes, murder, and everything in between. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Knoxville Defense Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at the firm, please call (423) 581-2667, or you can visit the firm’s website online at http://www.hamblencountydefense.com.