Trial date due to be set in Pawhuska rape case

Trial date due to be set in Pawhuska rape case

A 27-year-old Pawhuska man has been bound over for trial on charges of first-degree rape, kidnapping and assault by related to a series of alleged incidents earlier this year involving his former girlfriend.

Christopher B. Harris is charged in Osage County District Court with three counts of rape, first-degree burglary and kidnapping, as well as domestic assault and battery by strangulation.

The charges stem from claims originally made in April by a 24-year-old ex-girlfriend.

The woman had reportedly told police that she was subjected to approximately 12 hours of sexual attacks by Harris after he dragged her from her Pawhuska home in the pre-dawn hours of April 13. She testified about some of those events Sept. 5 at a preliminary hearing in the case.

At the conclusion of the testimony, Special Judge Stuart Tate ordered Harris held for trial on four of five counts from the original charge. Harris will not be tried on a drug possession count that was listed on the initial complaint.

The charge against Harris was amended on Sept. 10, however, to include two additional counts of first-degree rape. Prosecutors stipulated during the hearing that the state intended to amend the felony complaint in accordance with the preliminary testimony.

Harris has been free from jail since May 9, two days after a bond reduction hearing resulted in a previous $200,000 amount being lowered to $110,000. The defendant was scheduled for an arraignment on the charges Wednesday morning before District Judge John Kane.