Hearing for East Coast Rapist Suspect Postponed

Post: Accused attacker to undergo mental health evaluation

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 PM EDT
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Hearing for East Coast Rapist Suspect Postponed

Prince William County Police

Aaron Thomas

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A hearing scheduled in Manassas, Va., for the man suspected of being the East Coast Rapist has been postponed until March.

The delay is to allow a request by Aaron Thomas’s lawyers that he undergo a mental health evaluation, according to a report in the Washington Post.  The exam will determine if he’s competent to stand trial.

Thomas is accused of attacking women in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island over a period of several years dating to the 1990s.

He is currently being held in Prince William County, Va., where he is charged in the rape of two girls on Halloween night in 2009. DNA from those attacks matched several other attacks along the East Coast.
 

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