Trial for Man Accused of Attempting to Rape, Murder Ocala Woman Begins
Published September 8th, 2014
MARION COUNTY---A Fort McCoy man accused of attempted first degree murder and attempted sexual battery said he wasn't prepared for his trial to start Monday.
But he'll have to go anyways.
The judge denied his motion and decided to start the trial Monday morning.
A jury of six of his peers, including one alternate was chosen for his trial.
Ocala police say on December 3rd of last year, Todd entered 65-year-old Connie Cordell's home, attempted to rape her and then stabbed her in the chest when she fought back.
Todd says he hasn't been given a chance to examine the evidence against him.
"I should have everything presented in my case so that I can review it, have time to review it so that I can make my notes in case my attorney is cross examining somebody on the stand. He may let something slip that I won't let slip because I've already made notes of what might be the inconsistencies they might have made in their statement," said defendant Lonnie Todd.
Cordell underwent open heart surgery and recovered from her wounds.
She's expected to take the stand during Todd's trial later on this week.
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