New trial ordered in Georgia attempted rape case

The Associated PressJuly 15, 2014 

— The state Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for an Augusta man who was sentenced to 95 years in prison on charges of attempted rape and more.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/UbFspt) that the appeals court reversed the 2010 conviction for Roger Bettis, saying a Richmond County judge didn't follow protocol in determining whether the man could represent himself at his trial.

Bettis was convicted of attempted rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Authorities have said Bettis climbed over a dividing wall in a restroom stall and attacked a woman at the Georgia Regents Medical Center in June of 2009.

Investigators have said the attempted rape was interrupted when another woman came into the restroom.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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