Man accused of kidnapping, beating, and raping a woman will go to trial

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A truck driver accused of abducting and raping a woman in Erie is heading to trial.

Today, the judge bound over all charges against 57-year-old Jerome Keyes of Ellisville, Mississippi.  Keyes was arrested after surveillance video captured a woman fleeing from a truck in an Erie parking lot.  Investigators say the defendant kidnapped the woman then proceeded to beat, rape, and threaten her.

Keyes faces several charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, and rape.  The prosecution added felony counts of sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

There is no date set yet for his next court appearance.

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