Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hughes' Attempted Murder, Rape Trial to Start Jan. 25; Bond Revocation Hearing to Be Oct. 19

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hughes' Attempted Murder, Rape Trial to Start Jan. 25; Bond Revocation Hearing to Be Oct. 19

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Joseph Taylor Hughes, who is charged with severely beating and raping his longtime girlfriend, will be tried starting on Jan. 25 in the attempted murder and rape case, a judge ruled Thursday.

Hughes, 30, of Topeka, is charged in Shawnee County District Court with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, rape, aggravated battery, three counts of robbery, two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of felony criminal damage to property, plus misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

For the second time on Thursday, Hughes appeared before a judge. District Judge Nancy Parrish rescheduled his trial date as well as a series of hearings. He was represented by a new attorney, Veronica Dersch, a former Shawnee County assistant district attorney who prosecuted adult criminal cases.

A motion filed Tuesday by prosecutors asking the judge to revoke Hughes' $250,000 bond in the attempted murder case will be heard on Oct. 19. Besides revoking his bond, prosecutors want Parrish to order him held without bond pending his trial.

The motion to revoke Hughes' bond was filed Monday by senior assistant district attorney Todd Hiatt following an inquisition.

Earlier on Thursday, Hughes made a first appearance before District Judge William Ossmann on a new set of charges linked to the first case of attempted murder.

In the new case filed on Wednesday, Hughes was charged with three counts of conspiracy to obstruct apprehension or prosecution and three counts of conspiracy to commit perjury, according to court records.

Besides the bond revocation hearing on Oct. 19, Hughes likely will face a preliminary hearing that day on the six conspiracy counts. Hughes was booked into Shawnee County Jail on those charges at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The conspiracy to obstruct apprehension or prosecution charges allege Hughes entered into an agreement with three people, and a document was created to aid memorization of perjured testimony, the charges said. …

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