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October 3, 2013

Judge: Teen not competent to stand trial in rape of 93-year-old woman

ANDERSON, Ind. — The teen accused of raping a 93-year-old woman in July has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

In a special hearing Wednesday, Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman determined 17-year-old Iquise Taylor was not competent to stand trial for the July 16 rape of Amelia Rudolf.

At the hearing, Newman said it was his responsibility as judge to act as a gatekeeper to ensure a fair trial, and it would be in the best interest of justice to rule Taylor incompetent.

According to court officials, Taylor will now be sent to Logansport State Hospital, a special state psychiatric facility, and will remain there until he is deemed competent to stand trial.

According to reports, early on July 16, someone kicked in the locked door to victim Rudolf’s home in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place. The culprit confined her to a bed, covered her mouth with his hand and assaulted her. Nothing was reported stolen and nothing was vandalized.

The suspect, 17-year-old Taylor of Anderson, was arrested Aug. 23 and his name was released in a news conference on Aug. 26, after he was waived to adult court on the felony charges. Taylor initially denied the attack in early August, but then provided police with a DNA sample which matched DNA taken from Rudolf.

Officially, Taylor is being charged with burglary resulting in bodily injury, a Class A felony; criminal deviate conduct, a Class B felony; criminal confinement, a Class C felony and strangulation, a Class D felony.

Newman’s decision came after two mental health doctors split on whether Taylor was mentally competent to assist in his own defense. Bryan Williams, Taylor’s defense attorney, issued the request in August and the court appointed Dr. Rebecca Mueller of Greenfield and Dr. Frank Krause of Muncie to evaluate Taylor. Mueller determined Taylor was competent. Krause determined he was incompetent.

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