- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection has resumed in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of raping his wife, who prosecutors say was unable to consent to sex because she suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Attorneys continued questioning potential jurors Thursday for the case against 78-year-old Henry Rayhons, who is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege he had sex with his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, in May at a Garner nursing home after staff there told him his wife was no longer mentally capable of consenting.

Donna Lou Rayhons died in August, and the charges were filed days after she died.

Henry Rayhons served nine terms as a Republican state representative.

Of 78 potential jurors, 10 were dismissed Wednesday because of conflicts, and 19 were questioned by attorneys.

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