Rape trial scheduled for April

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By Susan Sharp

A man and woman accused of raping another female in the cab of tractor-trailer are slated to stand trial on April 7.

Wes McKinney and Melinda Morris are facing multiple charges from the spring 2008 crime that is alleged to have occurred at the Caryville interstate exit.

McKinney is facing multiple charges that include aggravated rape, sexual battery and felony reckless endangerment. Morris faces similar charges including one of criminal facilitation of the alleged crimes.

In May 2008, McKinney and Morris were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female who had been traveling with them, according to Caryville Det. Stephanie Smith’s report filed at the time. The two were arrested shortly after the complaint was filed by the victim. McKinney and Morris were found on a side road in Caryville after the tractor-trailer they were traveling in flipped over. As emergency workers attended to them, it was learned they were also wanted for the alleged sexual assault.

The assault is believed to have happened in the parking lot of a Caryville gas station.

The female was able to escape from the pair after she pretended to pass out, police said. However, upon realizing the victim was gone the duo attempted to run her down with the tractor- trailer they were  in.

Following their arrest the victim told police McKinney and Morris had also sexually assaulted her in Texas.

Caryville Police later learned McKinney and Morris were both registered sex offenders.