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Trial date set for Advance, Mo., man accused of kidnapping, rape
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A trial date has been set for an Advance, Mo., man accused of kidnapping and raping a patron at an Advance bar.
Steven Clark Rendleman, 51, will face a three-day jury trial on Aug. 28-30. The case will be heard in a Franklin County courtroom.
Rendleman requested and was granted a change of venue and judge in May. A mutual agreement between his attorney and Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver allowed the case to be moved to the distant county.
The case is now being heard by Judge Gael D. Wood.
Rendleman is charged with the felonies of rape with aggravating acts and forcible sodomy, kidnapping, felonious restraint, two counts of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, property damage and resisting arrest.
His arrest came in March after officers were alerted to the alleged abduction from a local 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 stun gun, he eventually conceded.
Judge Joe Z. Satterfield allowed Rendleman no bond, arguing that he is a "danger to the community."
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver said 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.