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November 26, 2014

Grand jury to hear cases against two Jacksonville teens in alleged rape

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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 6:55 pm, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

Two Jacksonville teens, charged with raping an Anniston woman in June, will have their cases heard before a grand jury next month.

Calhoun County District Judge Chris McIntyre on Monday sent both cases to a grand jury, likely to be heard in August, court officials said Monday.

One of the two 17-year-olds, charged with raping an Anniston woman June 17, was arrested July 15. He was brought back from Oklahoma the day of his arrest to face the first-degree rape charge, court records show.

The other minor was arrested June 25. He also is listed in court records as being one of three suspects alleged to have robbed three women at gunpoint in Weaver on June 1, though it was not clear Monday if he is charged with a crime in that incident. Court records for minors are not typically made public.

In the Weaver incident, two men, a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old, both of Anniston, were arrested by Weaver police July 9, charged with first-degree robbery. A different 17-year-old also was arrested and charged with robbery. Those arrests are in connection with the incident in Weaver, which happened at around 3 a.m. June 1, according to Weaver police.

There are connections between the Weaver and Anniston incidents, police have said, but investigators in both cities and state prosecutors have released little information on the matter, saying that there will likely be additional arrests.

Attempts Monday to reach Anniston police and Jennifer Weems, Calhoun County assistant district attorney, for comment on the incident were unsuccessful.

The Star typically withholds names of those charged with sex crimes unless they plead guilty or are convicted, because the stigma of such crimes can linger even after someone is found not guilty of the charges against them are dropped.

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