A man scheduled for trial on rape charges was indicted Wednesday for missing a mandatory court proceeding, and has reportedly left the country.
Francisco Mendoza, 21, Charlie Norris Road, had a trial date scheduled for Sept. 17. However, Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse issued a bench warrant last week when he failed to appear for a pretrial conference.
Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said his office was given information that Mendoza has since fled to Mexico.
Mendoza was arrested in December 2011 in connection with the rape. He was booked into the Madison County Detention Center Dec. 14 and was released Dec. 20 after posting a $10,000 cash bond.
He was indicted in February on four counts of second-degree rape, each a Class C felony, and one count of third-degree rape, a Class D felony.
If convicted on all charges, Mendoza could be sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Madison Circuit Court records did not include the original arresting agency.
Man indicted for passing bus, nearly missing mother, child
A Richmond man was indicted for wanton endangerment after being arrested in May for reportedly passing a stopped school bus, nearly striking a mother and her 6-year-old child.
Michael G. Murphy, 22, of Bradbury Pointe Drive, passed the school bus May 9 in the 200 block of Boggs Lane, according to police.
He originally was charged for first-degree wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended driver’s license and disregarding a stop sign.
He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where he was released the next day after posting 10 percent of $2,500 bond.
• Twanna M. Isaacs, first-degree possession of a controlled substance
• Regina C. Riddell, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking under $500
• Daniel Pigg, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while impaired
• William B. Rothermel, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana
• Robert D. Samples, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia
An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.
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