A judge is mulling over whether to set a bail amount for the former pastor accused of raping three women. Dale Richardson, 48, of Summerville, has been behind bars without a chance of being released at least until trial.
But his attorney, Andy Savage, filed a motion for a judge to reconsider Richardson’s bail status. A hearing took place on March 13, according to 1st Circuit Senior Assistant Solicitor Don Sorenson. Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith Jr. has not yet issued an order, he said.
In August 2011, a judge denied bond on Richardson’s charges in Dorchester County.
Richardson is accused of kidnapping four local women and raping three of them. On Aug. 12, 2010, Richardson took a woman in North Charleston to a trailer behind Freedom Free Will Baptist Church on Lincolnville Road and raped her, according to investigators.
Richardson also is accused of taking a woman that he had picked up on Jan. 5, 2010, in North Charleston to a dirt road off Mallard Road in Summerville and raping her at gunpoint. On July 27, 2010, investigators said he raped another woman behind the same church after picking her up in North Charleston. Authorities also accuse Richardson of abducting a woman, but letting her go without any sexual assault on June 21, 2010.
A trial date has not been set yet.
Editor’s note: Incorrect information was provided to The Post and Courier regarding when the bond reconsideration hearing took place which appeared in a previous story.
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