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January 1, 2014

Rape suspect returns to jail

Taylor cleared by psychiatric facility to stand trial

ANDERSON — Iquise Taylor is back in the Madison County Jail after being cleared by a state-run psychiatric facility in Logansport.

Taylor was transported to the jail on Wednesday, jail commander Andy Williams said. While Taylor was not under Madison County supervision at the facility, Williams said he was kept under tight security while he was in the Logansport facility.

Taylor, 17, was accused of raping 93-year-old Amelia Rudolph in July. In October, before his trial began, he was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman. The judge ordered Taylor to the facility for treatment and further evaluation. Newman fully intended to have Taylor brought back to stand trial once he was cleared by doctors.

Nancy Reed of Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings' office said Taylor has now been deemed fit to stand trial by the doctors at the facility. Cummings was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

Reed said no dates have been set for a new trial or further hearings. Taylor's trial was originally scheduled to begin Nov. 5 but was suspended indefinitely.

The Herald Bulletin doesn’t usually release the names of victims, but Rudolf agreed to be identified and spoke publicly at a press conference in August. At the meeting, she said she’s been unable to return to the home where the attack happened. Her family has called for a harsh punishment for the suspect if he's convicted.

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.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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