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Rape Victim Appeals to Governor Not To Free Castrated Convict

September 24, 1996

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A convict who was castrated by masked men while awaiting trial on rape charges should remain behind bars, despite evidence supporting his innocence, said the woman he was convicted of raping.

``I’m scared for my safety and I’m scared for every woman that walks the street. He’s a repeat offender and I think he will do it again,″ said Ashley Stevens after meeting with Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday.

Huckabee said he intends to commute the sentence of Wayne Dumond, who was convicted of raping Stevens in 1984 when she was 17. Recent DNA evidence indicates the sperm found on the victim’s pants was not Dumond’s.

While awaiting trial, Dumond, 47, was castrated by two men in stocking masks who broke into his home. A St. Francis County sheriff involved in the investigation had Dumond’s testicles preserved in formaldehyde and displayed on his desk for about two weeks.

Dumond won a $110,000 lawsuit over the display. The sheriff died while serving a prison term on a racketeering conviction.

Six years ago, the state parole board recommended Dumond be released in part because of the DNA evidence uncovered by Dumond’s lawyer.

Stevens said today that the medical expert who conducted the DNA tests and testified at a January 1990 hearing simply made mistakes.

``I was there and he was there. That’s it,″ said Stevens, who told police Dumond kidnapped her from her home and raped her in a remote area. ``I spent an hour with him in broad open daylight. I begged for my life for 20 minutes.″

She said another argument against releasing Dumond is a 1976 police report containing his confession to a sexual assault that was never prosecuted because the woman declined to testify.

After guarding her identity for 12 years, she told the media Monday to publish her name and image because ``I’m tired of everybody thinking I’m a liar. I feel like I’m on trial.″

Huckabee said Dumond’s guilt in the rape of Stevens was questionable and his mutilation punishment enough. His decision is not final until next month, giving him time to change his mind.

Stevens’ father, Walter E. Stevens III, also met with Huckabee.

``The governor was very receptive. He wanted to hear both sides,″ he said. ``He said that he has not made his mind up, that he’s going to weigh both sides.″

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