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An attorney for a Fort Knox man facing a charge of first-degree rape requested a preliminary hearing be postponed Wednesday morning in Hardin District Court so he has time to locate potential witnesses.
Defense attorney Doug Miller is representing Joseph E. Snyder, 30, a soldier in the 5/15th Cavalry who pleaded not guilty to the rape charge at his arraignment last week in Hardin District Court. Snyder currently is out on bond.
Hardin District Court Judge Kimberly Shumate reminded Miller that a preliminary hearing is only to establish probable cause for the case to proceed toward trial, and that she would not be hearing defense issues.
Miller said there are three witnesses he believes could provide useful probable cause testimony if he is able to locate them. Two of them, he said, are men who claim they had instant message conversations on MySpace with the alleged victim in which she admitted the allegations were false. The other potential witness is a female who Miller said could testify she saw a text message from the alleged victim inviting Snyder to meet her on the date of the alleged rape.
Shumate agreed such testimony could be related to probable cause and agreed to postpone the preliminary hearing date in the case until 9 a.m. March 7.
Radcliff police said last week that DNA test results led to Snyder’s Feb. 15 arrest. RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said the alleged victim is a female older than 18 who reported Snyder forced her to have sexual intercourse against her will.
The woman first reported the rape to Radcliff police on Nov. 17, 2009, Shumate said, but detectives waited for forensic lab results from Kentucky State Police to confirm the DNA profile results matched before making an arrest.
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