Former Police Chief’s Rape Trial Delayed


ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — A judge has delayed the trial of a former Gateway police chief accused of the 1997 rape of a teacher. 

Grant Hardin, 49, was taken into custody February and pleaded not guilty to three rape counts.

His jury trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 11, but his attorneys asked for a delay because their DNA expert would not be available.

Hardin’s trial is now set for Feb. 11.

DNA linked Hardin to the teacher’s rape case, according to Rogers police.

Police say the teacher was using the restroom at Tillery Elementary when a man wearing a stocking cap went up to her, took out a gun and raped her before taking off.

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