Man accused of 1981 Cape Girardeau rape requests change of venue

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A convicted rapist being tried for a 30-year-old Cape Girardeau rape has requested his trial be moved to another county.

Charles Eugene O'Howell, 50, was in court Monday morning after waiving a preliminary hearing on charges that he raped a then-31-year-old Cape Girardeau woman in 1981. O'Howell was charged in July after prosecutors said DNA evidence connected him to the crime.

He is currently serving a 55-year sentence at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Mo., for the 1982 kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old girl in Cape Girardeau County.

He will appear back in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom in two months.

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