An Indiana teen pleaded guilty to raping a 93-year-old woman before his trial had even begun.
The jury had been selected and attorneys were about to present opening statements when 17-year-old Iquise Taylor, from Anderson, pleaded guilty to four felonies: burglary, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement and strangulation.
Taylor’s family, as well as that of the victim, stood by as Taylor pleaded guilty to each successive charge read by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman.
In a shocking and disturbing case of violence and deviance, Taylor kicked down victim Amelia Rudolf’s locked door as she lay in bed on July 16 of last year. He then covered her mouth and raped her.
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Witness reports, DNA found on the scene, and Tayor’s own confession led to his apprehension.
“If it wasn’t for the police department, I don’t know what I would’ve done,” Rudolf said after police landed Taylor. “I didn’t think I’d live long enough to see who did it.”
While the trial was set to begin last year, Taylor was being treated at a state psychiatric facility at the time. Judge Newman ruled in October that Newman was mentally incompetent, with court conversations revealing that Taylor’s mental development is about equal to that of a second grader. But two mental health professionals were split on their decision about Taylor. One doctor determined that the teen was in fact mentally able to defend himself in court.
A probably cause affidavit revealed that Taylor had raped and choked a 10-year-old boy who had been staying at his family’s home in 2007.
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Taylor’s attorneys issued a gag order in August, preventing either side from issuing a public statement about the case. Neither Taylor’s family nor the victim’s issued a statement following the trial.
The defendant accepted a plea deal Tuesday that will cap is prison sentence at 50 years.