- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The trial for the man accused of two sexual assaults on the rail trail has been moved to October because DNA test results are still pending.

Jordan Bennett appeared Monday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. His hearing was part of dozens for those with ongoing criminal cases to update the court on their status.

Bennett was arrested in September after police say he sexually assaulted two women along the rail trail. According to police, Bennett knew one of the victims.

He was indicted on 10 counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of abduction. Second-degree sexual assault is punishable by 10-25 years in prison. Abduction is punishable by three to 10 years incarceration. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defense attorney Chris Wilson asked the court to delay next week’s trial. They are still awaiting a report on DNA testing from a state lab to be returned.

He said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Perri Jo DeChristopher said that the report wouldn’t be ready until the end of the week. If that is the case, they wouldn’t be ready to start trial Aug. 4.

DeChristopher did not object to the delay, which Judge Susan Tucker granted.

Bennett is in Division of Corrections custody, serving a sentence for a different case.

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