Rape suspect's family wants release conditions changed

Carroll teen bedridden, no need for monitoring bracelet, motion says

April 26, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old Taneytown-area youth accused of raping four teen-age girls is bedridden from an automobile accident last month that caused severe brain injury, and his parents say he no longer needs to wear a court-ordered home-monitoring bracelet, according to papers filed in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Nathaniel J. Yinger of the 2800 block of Basehores Mill Road is charged with multiple counts of rape, sodomy, sexual assault and assault.

A defense motion to have Yinger tried as a juvenile was pending when he was injured about 11 a.m. March 8 after he lost control of a 1997 Subaru Impreza and hit a fence and mailboxes before overturning, according to Maryland State Police at Westminster. The accident occurred on Tyrone Road near Stone Road, northwest of Westminster.

Yinger was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition and returned home April 6, according to the court papers. The monitoring bracelet was to have been replaced.

But Yinger has suffered severe brain injury and requires around-the-clock care, according to a defense motion asking to modify the conditions of his pretrial release, filed by attorney Fred S. Hecker. His attorney also filed a notice of incompetency to stand trial, saying Yinger cannot understand or assist in the proceedings.

While at the trauma center, Yinger had multiple seizures that his parents think were "brought on by agitation and anxiety," he wrote. They fear the anxiety of placing a home-detention monitoring bracelet on him might trigger a seizure.

But the prosecution wants the monitoring bracelet back on, said Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore, in a written response to the defense motion.

Yinger was playing golf with two friends the day of the accident, she said, in violation of the terms of home detention.

"The defendant has already shown his inability to follow home detention rules," she wrote.

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