NEW: Jury Selection Under Way In Rape Case

Posted: April 1, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG - Jury selection is under way in Rockingham County Circuit Court this morning in the trial against a Harrisonburg teen accused of raping a 15-year-old girl last year.

Weylin Holmes, 18, is charged with felony rape, felony abduction, felony object sexual penetration and two felony counts of sodomy.

The investigation began Feb. 4, 2013 when the alleged victim talked to a school resource officer at Harrisonburg High School. Police say both Holmes and the girl attended HHS at the time of the assault.

The girl said she was attacked on Feb. 2 when Holmes, an HHS senior at the time, asked her to go to a friend's apartment in University Fields, a housing complex on Port Republic Road near James Madison University.

"While she was in the apartment, Holmes asked her to go with him to a bedroom because he wanted to tell her something," an officer wrote in an affidavit for a warrant to search the apartment at 1240 Devon Lane.

"[The girl] said that she told him, no he could tell her right there. She said he then grabbed her by the arm and led her to the bedroom."

The girl told police Holmes raped her once they were inside the room, the affidavit states.

 


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