An Anniston man charged in the kidnapping, rape and assault of a Weaver teenager pleaded not guilty to the crimes, according to court records filed Thursday.
The 24-year-old suspect was found with the teenager’s vehicle when Anniston police arrested him after he’d used the girl’s debit card. He was indicted on charges of fraudulent use of a debit card, sexual abuse, rape, theft, burglary and second-degree kidnapping, according to court records.
According to court records signed on May 1 by the man and his attorney, Ray Bryan, the suspect pleaded not guilty to each of those charges.
Efforts to reach Bryan on Friday were unsuccessful and a woman at his office who declined to give her name said he would not make a comment on the case.
The man’s bond was set at $7 million for the charges and remained the same after he was indicted, according to the court records.
The Star typically withholds the the identities of those charged with sex crimes, until they are convicted or plead guilty, as the stigma that can accompany such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated. The Star does not publish the names of victims of sex crimes.