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May hearing scheduled for suspect in 2002 rape

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A preliminary hearing for a Tullahoma man accused of rape and kidnapping has been set for late May.

James Lynne Stewart, 51, of South Anderson Street, Tullahoma, will appear on May 29 for the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a judge to bound the case over to a grand jury.

Stewart is facing charges of aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and theft over $500. He was arrested on Nov. 6, 2008, by sheriff's deputies and is being held at Bedford County Jail under $190,000 bond.

According to warrants filed in General Sessions Court, Stewart allegedly raped a woman in her vehicle on Aug. 16, 2002, in Bedford County.

The warrant read that "during this confinement, he (Stewart) did assault the victim and she did suffer serious bodily injury. Her left check was fractured and also did require three stitches and also required a stitch in her nose."

The warrant also stated the victim "also had bruising, cuts and scrapes all about her head area."

The vehicle was allegedly taken from the victim from the Normandy area and discovered abandoned in the Bi-Lo parking lot in Tullahoma the next day by Tullahoma police, the warrants allege.

The warrant for aggravated rape alleges that another man was involved but did not name him.

Stewart is represented by attorney Terry Hernando.

The Times-Gazette does not reveal the identities of alleged rape victims.