Trial For Man Accused of Rape To Begin Today

Christopher Stonebraker

Since being continued in late July, the jury trial in the case of Christopher Stonebraker has been set for this morning at 9 a.m. Stonebraker is charged with Rape as a Class B felony and Domestic Battery as a Class D felony following his arrest late last year.

Stonebraker was arrested on Nov. 28, 2011, and it is alleged that he raped his ex-wife and pushed her head into a wall, causing her tooth to chip. The probable cause affidavit stated that he also scratched her back in the presence of two children. Stonebraker was arrested by an officer from the Indiana State Police and taken to the Starke County Jail.

There were some issues with the discovery documents and the defense requested the continuance in July. Since then, however, the issues have been sorted out and the case will be tried in Starke Circuit court this morning with jury selection to begin at 9 a.m. Officials expect the trial to last approximately three days, depending on the number of witnesses called to the stand.