Suspected Rapist’s Bond Forfeited; Parents Could Lose Home
DENVER (AP) _ A judge on Monday ordered the forfeiture of a $10,000 appeal bond for a fugitive suspected of being the ″Capitol Hill Rapist,″ meaning the state could seize the man’s parents’ home in two weeks.
Wallace and Mattie Mae Bean put up their house as security last November for a bond to free Quintin Keith Wortham, 25, pending an appeal of a conviction of first-degree criminal trespass.
Wortham disappeared shortly after he was charged in a May 10 rape in Denver’s Capitol Hill area. He also is wanted for questioning in several other rapes.
Judge Edward Carelli ordered the bond forfeited, but granted a 14-day stay to give the Beans a chance to come up with $10,000 or produce Wortham to save their home.
Attorney John Cimino, who is representing the Beans, did not say whether he plans to appeal Carelli’s order. He said Wortham’s mother was in a hospital last week and is suffering from heart problems.
Prosecutors cited a law that says revocation of bond can be requested if there is reason to believe a defendant has committed a crime while free on bond.
Cimino argued that the appeal bond signed by the Beans had nothing to do with the rape allegations against Wortham.
But Prosecutor Frank Bowman said the Beans had made a contract and that there was precedent for the forfeiture.
Last month, Mrs. Bean made a television appeal broadcast in Denver and New York City, asking her son to ″please come home″ and surrender. Authorities said he was traced to the Atlantic City, N.J., area after the May rape.