Man found not guilty of raping estranged wife

August 19, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A Howard County Circuit Court jury has acquitted a 30-year-old man of raping his estranged wife but has convicted him of stealing her car in a separate incident.

After deliberating about four hours Thursday, jurors decided that Rickey D. Jiles was not guilty of charges that he came to his wife's Ellicott City house, put a knife to her throat and raped her in January.

The defense argued that the sex between the two was consensual, said Assistant State's Attorney Mary Murphy. But Murphy said the woman had changed her phone number and the locks on her house.

"She did not want to see him," Murphy said.

Defense attorney Carol A. Hanson declined to comment.

Charging documents state that after police were called to the house that night, Jiles barricaded himself in the bedroom. Police talked him into giving up the knife he was holding and surrendering, according to the documents.

Jiles was convicted of fourth-degree burglary for breaking into the house that night.

He was convicted of stealing his wife's car three weeks earlier.

He could face up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday, Murphy said.

Pub Date: 8/19/96

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