- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming judge has set an Aug. 7 trial date for a 19-year-old Casper man accused of raping and attempting to murder a 4-year-old girl.

In addition, District Judge Thomas Sullins on Tuesday also ordered that Brandtly Bedsaul undergo a second mental evaluation. Bedsaul’s attorney requested the second evaluation.

Bedsaul is charged with attempted murder by strangulation, sex abuse of a minor, aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse in connection to a Sept. 28 incident.

Bedsaul has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness.

Court records show that the victim was one of several children attending a gathering in September at the Casper home where Bedsaul lives. Someone noticed the girl was missing, went outside and saw Bedsaul with his hands around the girl’s neck.

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