MOBILE, Ala. - A Mobile Police Detective testified during a preliminary hearing Monday that rape suspect Jermaine Young initially told police he spent the entire day helping his stepfather do yard work on the date a 16-year-old said she was raped on her way home from Leflore High School.
According to the detective, Young changed his story after family members said Young didn’t arrive home until later that day. That’s when the detective said Young admitted he was in the area of Donald and Mott Drive around the time of the alleged rape. However, Young denied assaulting the teenager.
Prosecutors also told the judge they have a witness who told police Young made statements that indicated knowledge of the crime that had not been made public. Prosecutors are also awaiting results of the DNA sample Young voluntarily submitted to police.
Following the hearing Judge Bob Sterling refused a request from Young’s lawyer to reduce his $100,000 bond. The judge said the case will be sent to a grand jury.
FOX10 News Reporter Renee Dials was in the courtroom for the hearing. She’ll have details on the new information that came out today. Look for her report at 5 p.m.