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Rape trial to begin Tuesday

James Reeves

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

The trial for an Iron Station man accused of raping a teen in the county nearly four years ago is set to start Tuesday.

A 12-member jury, including two alternate jurors, was chosen Monday for the Superior Court case.

Defendant James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, has been charged with one felony count each of crimes against nature, first-degree burglary, indecent liberties with a child and two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense, according to the Clerk of the Court’s Office.

Reeves was arrested in 2010 for raping a 14-year-old girl inside her Iron Station home, according to an archived Times-News article.

The victim’s mother told deputies she spotted the suspect naked in the corner of a room when she checked on her daughter the night of the alleged incident, the article said.

Deputies said they apprehended the man shortly after he fled the home through a window.

Reeves later posted a $250,000 secured bond in the case.

The North Carolina Department of Correction website showed he was found guilty of second-degree murder in Gaston County during the 1990s, a crime for which he served at least nine years in a state prison facility.

 

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