A December trial date has been set for a Roswell man charged with breaking into a neighbor’s home near Spring River Park and Zoo in January and raping and savagely beating a woman before leaving her for dead.
Roswell police said Kenneth “Ray Ray” Whiteside, 19, most recently of 1503 Pecan Drive, was caught shortly after the crimes in a bloody vehicle and in possession of some of the items he allegedly stole from the victim’s home.
Whiteside is charged with attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal sexual penetration, first-degree kidnapping and bribery of a witness.
Whiteside, who was 18 years old at the time of the Jan. 4 home invasion and rape, is being held at the Chaves County Adult Detention Center on $500,000 bond.
He is set to stand trial Dec. 16 in 5th Judicial District Court in Roswell.
A pre-trial conference was held July 28 before District Judge Charles Currier, who retired from the bench on Aug. 2. Whiteside’s next scheduled court appearance is another pre-trial conference set for 3 p.m. Oct. 20.
Whiteside’s case was bound over from magistrate court to district court on Jan. 6 after Magistrate Judge John Halverson found probable cause exists to try Whiteside on the multiple felony charges.
Police responded to a stabbing call early Jan. 4 along North Pecan Drive, near Spring River Park and Zoo.
Detective Jeffrey Prince of the Roswell Police Department, who wrote the probable cause statement, said a woman had been stabbed and ran to her next door neighbor’s Login to read more