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Trial for man accused of raping women is continued

February 21, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The trial of a Hagerstown man accused of raping two women in Franklin County has been continued until the May trial term, and his attorney is seeking to have evidence from similar crimes in Maryland excluded from the case.

Pov Srun, 35, is charged with multiple counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, kidnapping, robbery of a motor vehicle and other offenses stemming from incidents in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., in 2004.

Srun is charged by Waynesboro Police with abducting a 16-year-old Smithsburg girl in her vehicle from the Kmart parking lot on Sept. 16, 2004. He also is charged by Chambersburg Police with the Sept. 28 abduction and sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman from the Weis Markets parking lot.

Chambersburg Detective Scott Mummert testified at Srun's preliminary hearing last year that DNA samples from the assaults were linked to similar crimes in Montgomery County, Md. Those samples matched a DNA sample taken from Srun following his 2005 arrest in Maryland. Srun is serving a 17- to 35-year sentence in Maryland resulting from a plea agreement on cases in that state, Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser said Tuesday.

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Last week, Srun was in court for a hearing before Judge Richard Walsh on a prosecution request to depose a witness who might not be available at the time of trial. Walsh later granted the request.

Rahauser said he wants to introduce evidence from the Maryland cases, including testimony by two victims. The information from the victims would relate to identification of Srun, the method of operation used in both the Maryland and Pennsylvania cases and further substantiate the DNA evidence linking the cases.

Srun's attorney, Gary Knaresboro, has filed a motion in the court stating that evidence from the Maryland cases "will unduly prejudice" the case against his client. Knaresboro's motion states the defense "desires a trial based upon alleged crimes committed in Pennsylvania with no other evidence of alleged wrongdoing."

Walsh set a hearing on Knaresboro's motion for March 1.

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