Former pastor and suspected serial rapist Dale Richardson will be tried in a Dorchester County court.

Charges stemming from several Lowcountry rapes had been filed in both Charleston and Dorchester counties, but today the Charleston County charges were dismissed.

That doesn’t mean the charges won’t be prosecuted, according to 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who said it was a housekeeping action to remove redundancies across counties. “The substance of the charges happened in Dorchester County,” she said.

The Charleston County charges included two counts of kidnapping and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Richardson is accused of kidnapping four local women and raping three of them. A trial date has not been set.

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