A judge decides a former Sedgwick County jail deputy will stand trial for charges, including raping 2 inmates. The judge made his decision after hearing from several inmates who say they were sexually abused by David Kendall.
The judge also added a 13th count based on testimony from one alleged victim.
Kendall is accused of rape and other sex crimes involving accusations from six different inmates. Before making his decision, inmates testified Kendall told them he would give them things in exchange for sex acts.
Before ruling, the defense called several witnesses to the stand. That is a rare move during a preliminary hearing. Three were inmates who had conversations with one victim. One says that victim bragged about setting Kendall up on the rape charge.
The judge explained that the purpose of a preliminary hearing is to see if there's enough evidence for the case to go to trail. He says less proof is needed at these hearings. He says the state never provides all of its evidence during a preliminary hearing and waits to present it at trial.
The judge says a jury can decide if the victims are lying or are giving false statements about allegations about Kendall.
Five of the six inmates have hired personal attorneys and plan to file a civil lawsuit against Sedgwick County for what allegedly happened to them in jail. Combined they are seeking at least $23 million in damages.