STILLWATER — A Payne County judge ruled Wednesday that a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of raping a woman while on duty will stand trial.
After reviewing testimony from a preliminary hearing Jan. 23 and written arguments from counsels, Special Judge R.L. Hert Jr. ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence for Patrick Venable, 28, to face trial in district court on a count of second-
He is scheduled to appear for arraignment April 23 at the Logan County Courthouse. The change of venue to Stillwater for the preliminary hearing was agreed upon by both counsels, but the case remains in Logan County.
Venable, who has resigned from the patrol, is accused of taking a woman into custody about 4:35 a.m. June 20 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and then taking her to her house in Guthrie to have sex.
The woman testified she had been drinking at a family barbecue in Macomb and at a bar in Moore on June 20 before the trooper pulled her over on the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City.
Venable asked her to get in his car and the two began talking, according to a probable cause affidavit.