Trial set for suspect in torture, rape from 2016

Published 1:07 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Clark County man accused of torturing and raping a woman in 2016 is set for a May trial.

Jeffrey Rowland, 51, of 460 Lisletown Lane, was in Clark Circuit Court Thursday, and rejected a plea offer from prosecutors.

His trial for kidnapping, first-degree rape and violation of an EPO/DVO is now set for May 14. The trial is expected to last two to three days.

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Rowland was arrested in August 2016 after the victim escaped at a truck stop in Madison County near Interstate 75. She told police she had been held captive by Rowland for hours.

During a hearing earlier this month, prosecutors said Rowland tied the woman to her bed and waterboarded her. Prosecutors said Rowland was trying to get the woman to admit who she was having an affair with.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Johnson said she finally made up a name so Rowland would stop.

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