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Rape case to be retried in August

Andrew Raven
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (July 13/05) - Three men charged in connection with a decades-old rape case have been ordered to stand trial for a second time next month in Yellowknife.

The men - Antoine Michel, Noel Michel and Raymond Marlowe - are accused of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in Lutsel K'e sometime in August 1975.

The three stood trial on rape charges last fall in Yellowknife, though the four-day hearing ended with a hung jury. Moments before the trial began, the Crown stayed charges against two other men implicated in the case.

Their new trial is scheduled for late August - exactly 30 years after the alleged rape in the tiny east-arm community.

Lawyers for the three men lost their bid Thursday to have the trial transferred outside of Yellowknife. A court ordered publication ban prevents reporting on the details of the hearing.

During a court appearance Aug. 4, defence lawyers are expected to argue the charges should be thrown out because of the 30-year delay.