September court date set for Trinity man accused of rape


A trial date has been set for a Trinity man who was indicted on rape charges last June.

Ryan Hunter Morris, 23, of 4979 County Road 214, was first arrested on Feb. 26 for charges including first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, Morris was released on a $46,000 bond the day he was arrested.

Sheriff’s investigators served warrants for Morris’ arrest a second time on June 20 following court indictments of the same charges, the department reported.

According to court records, Morris is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a female, less than 16 years of age but older than 12, who was incapable of consent due to her being “physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.”

Court documents state that Morris is also accused of willfully contributing to the delinquency of a child by “allowing her to drink alcohol.”

Lawrence County District Attorney Errek Jett said Morris’ trial, which is included among other June 20 circuit court arraignments, is scheduled for Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

Morris was released from the Lawrence County Jail in June after posting bond, which had been raised to $96,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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