Hearing set over DNA evidence in rape of incapacitated woman
PHOENIX - A judge has scheduled a May 21 hearing to consider a challenge to the DNA evidence against a nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix.
An attorney for Nathan Sutherland argues the evidence should be tossed because Phoenix police officers didn’t get a warrant or have probable cause to take his client’s DNA and instead relied on a court order with a lesser standard of proof to gather the evidence.
Prosecutors are scheduled to file a response to the challenge later this week.
Police have said Sutherland’s DNA matched a sample taken from the woman’s son. The victim’s mother is the boy’s guardian
The surprise pregnancy was discovered in December 2018 when an employee at the long-term care facility was changing the garments of the then-29-year-old victim and noticed she was in the process of delivering a child. Employees told police that they had no idea the woman was pregnant.
Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult. He was fired by Hacienda after his arrest and has since given up his nursing license.
Buckeye policeman hurt after crash with suspected DUI driver
BUCKEYE - A Buckeye police sergeant has been injured after a crash with a man who’s suspected of driving while intoxicated, authorities said Sunday. They said the sergeant was on duty Saturday night in his fully marked patrol vehicle when the crash occurred around 10:20 p.m.
Police said the sergeant plus the driver and a passenger in the suspect vehicle all were transported to the hospital.
The unidentified sergeant was treated and released and is recovering from his injuries at home.
The driver and passenger in the suspect vehicle remain hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life threatening. According to police, the driver also has warrants for his arrest out of Arizona and California and will be booked into jail on numerous charges once he’s discharged from the hospital. Police did not immediately release the name, age and hometown of the suspect driver.
3 dead after wrong-way driver crash on a freeway in Glendale
GLENDALE - Three people were killed after a freeway crash involving a wrong-way driver Sunday, Glendale police said. They said the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on a northbound lane of the Loop 101 near Camelback Road.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said a vehicle going the wrong way crashed head-on into a car.
They said a man and woman in the car that was hit both died at the scene and the wrong-way driver also was killed. One other person suffered minor injuries in the crash.
DPS officials didn’t immediately release the names, ages and hometowns of the three people who died.
They said it’s unclear if driver impairment is a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.