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Acton Murder Suspect, Convicted Sex Offender Expected In Court In May


A registered sex offender who’s also a convicted murderer is due back in court in May for a follow-up hearing in a case where the Acton man is accused of drugging and raping a Santa Clarita Valley woman.

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Lindsey stands accused of five counts, four related to an alleged rape in June 2013, and a weapons charge stemming from the same incident.

Progress toward the start of a trial, which is expected, has been slowed by the wait for toxicology and DNA testing, according to Jon Hatami, deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County in charge of the case’s prosecution.

Arthur Lindsey

“I think because of the amount of time Lindsey is facing (if convicted) -- it’s going to be a jury trial,” Hatami said, noting there hasn’t really been a discussion of a plea deal. “We’re just going to have to make sure we have everything in order that we can before (a trial) happens.”

A judge found there was enough evidence to hold Lindsey to answer to the charges in September.

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“We filed two counts (Friday) of rape of an unconscious person, one count of oral copulation of an unconscious person and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object,” said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

Lindsey has a record of violent sex crimes, according to officials.

Lindsey was convicted of a rape-murder in Indiana in 1968.

“(Lindsey) pleaded no contest to not being registered as a sex offender (on May 18, 2005),” Robison said. “He was sentenced to four years in state prison.”

Lindsey moved to Southern California in 1998, after he was released on parole for his murder sentence.

Lindsey’s most recent registered address was 10645 Soledad Canyon Road, Apartment A, in Acton, according to California’s Megan’s Law website.

Lindsey was deemed a “low-to-moderate risk,” according to a Feb. 1, 2011, scoring on the Megan’s Law website.

The prosecution was seeking a life sentence if a conviction occurs, Hatami said, because it would be Lindsey’s third conviction.

He’s currently being held in lieu of $1.56 million bail.

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Acton Murder Suspect, Convicted Sex Offender Expected In Court In May

Article: Acton Murder Suspect, Convicted Sex Offender Expected In Court In May
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith