Rape Trial Begins

April 07, 1991

The trial for one of two Harford men accused of raping a pregnant 19-year-old Havre de Grace woman last May started this week in Harford Circuit Court.

The defendant, Richard L. Wallace, 21, of Aberdeen,faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he convicted of first-degree rape and six other charges related to the alleged May 16 incident.

In addition to first-degree rape, Wallace is charged with second-degree rape, a third-degree sexual offense, assault with intent to rape, assault and battery, assault and false imprisonment.

Testimonyin the case started Thursday before Harford Circuit Judge Stephen M.Waldron. The trial is to conclude this week.

A co-defendant also charged in the alleged attack, Christopher U. Eley, 21, of Havre de Grace, was convicted March 8 of the same charges.

The woman, who was about two months pregnant at the time of the alleged attack, told police that Wallace and Eley came to her home in the 1600 block of Battery Drive to drink beer.

After Wallace and Eley refused to leave her home, they attacked her, the woman told police.

Wallace says in a letter to a judge, contained in court records, that the woman is falsely accusing him of rape.

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