Accused rapist pleads innocent

SANDPOINT — A Ponderay man accused of raping a woman last summer pleaded not guilty recently.

Wiley Louis Lutkins’ four-day jury trial on a charge of forcible rape is set for March in 1st District Court. Lutkins is being held at the Bonner County Jail with his bail set at $63,000.

Lutkins waived his right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court last month, clearing the way for him to be tried in district court.

Lutkins, 26, raped the woman at Ponderay trailer park in June, charging papers allege. The woman tried to stop the attack, but was overcome by force, the criminal complaint further alleges.

The alleged victim testified at a probable cause hearing in September that she was visiting friends and a reportedly drunken Lutkins was injured while roughhousing with another person in the home.

She told the court that she attempted to help Lutkins tend to his wounds, but he punched her in the face before forcing himself on her, court documents indicate.

Lutkins, court records say, sent the woman an apologetic text message before leaving the Panhandle for Arizona. Lutkins later returned to Idaho and surrendered to authorities.

Lutkins faces anywhere from a year to life behind bars if he’s convicted of the charge.

Read More News

At least 23 killed, 50 injured as train derails in India

AP

January 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm | NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 23 people were killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train derailed in southern India, railway officials said Sunday. Seven coaches of the Hirakand Express were...

Read More

12 people likely dead after central China landslide

AP

January 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm | BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in China say 12 people are likely dead inside a hotel overrun by a landslide. State media reported that rescuers have not detected signs of life from 10 people who were...

Read More

Marching together, North Idaho style

January 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Bonner County Daily Bee ...

Read More

Sentence stands in case

January 21, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — The Idaho Court of Appeals is affirming the sentence handed down in a child pornography case against a former Bonner County man. Lance Robert Pearson was charged with sexual exploitati...

Read More