August 6, 2008
VALDOSTA, GA - Ten years after pleading guilty to rape and kidnapping, a Valdosta man went back to court this week and switched his plea.
47-year-old Bernard Arnold pleaded guilty to rape and kidnapping in 1999.
But he was granted a new trial.
Prosecutors say on October 17th, 1998--Arnold kidnapped a woman from the 700 block of Jane street then raped her.
The woman got a way, called police, and identified Arnold as her rapist.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35-years in prison.
Now, he says he didn't do it.
"Due to a technicality in the court system he is back and was granted a chance for a trial. He is in trial today. In my experience I have not seen that before. This is the first time I've seen it," says Lt. Bobbi McGraw of the Valdosta Police.
The jury is deliberating right now.
We'll let you know when they reach a verdict.