By COREY NOLES
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A trial set for August has been moved to December for an Advance, Mo. man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman from a local bar in March 2012.
Steven Clark Rendleman, 52, will face a three-day jury trial on Dec. 3-5, 2013. The case will be heard in a Franklin County courtroom before Judge Gael D. Wood.
The trial, originally set for Aug. 28-30, was delayed at the request of Rendleman's attorney, Ian Keith Page.
A series of motions were also recently filed by the defense requesting DNA testing of a spouse, further motions for discovery and an additional motion for independent testing.
A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Nov. 4, 2013. At that time, all pre-trial motions will be taken up before the court. The judge could either rule from the bench on the motions or take them under advisement and rule at a time closer to trial.
Rendleman requested and was granted a change of venue and judge in May 2012. A mutual agreement between his attorney and Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver allowed the case to be moved to the distant county located southwest of St. Louis.
Rendleman is charged with the unclassified felonies of forcible rape with aggravating acts and forcible sodomy, the Class B felony of kidnapping, the Class C felony of felonious restraint, two counts of the Class A felony of assault of a law enforcement officer in the first degree, the Class D felony of property damage and the Class D felony of resisting arrest.
His arrest came in March 2012 after officers were alerted to the alleged abduction from an Advance bar and began the investigation. Stoddard County Sheriff's Deputy Tim McCoy pulled into a rural Advance cemetery where he found Rendleman and the victim. The victim ran to the police car and a car chase ensued that involved several gun shots fired by officers. After multiple attempts to subdue Rendleman with a tazer, he eventually conceded.
At the time of his arrest, Rendleman was not allowed bond. Judge Joe Satterfield argued he was a "danger to the community."
Sheriff Carl Hefner credited his officers for their hard work following Rendleman's arrest for having "saved the girl's life."
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver announced he will seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, due to Rendleman's multiple prior rape convictions in both Stoddard and Cape Girardeau counties.
The bar in question, Charley Brown's in Advance, has since closed its doors.