Boyle grand jury indicts man on rape charges

April 21, 2004

A Louisville man accused of breaking into a woman's apartment and raping her was indicted by the Boyle grand jury.

Lawrence W. Peyton, 28, whose local address is 508 Longview Drive, was charged with burglary, rape, sodomy and two counts of receiving stolen property less than $300.

Peyton was arrested at a Patrician Place apartment March 14. According to testimony at a district court hearing earlier this month by Detective Patrick McQueen, police were dispatched to the victim's apartment at 5:30 a.m. after she made a call to emergency dispatch. Upon arrival, police were told the victim had suffered injuries and had been taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

According to McQueen, the victim said she heard a noise in her apartment about 4:30 a.m. that sounded like blinds on a window falling. Moments later a man came into her bedroom, placed one hand over her mouth and threatened her with a knife. She said she managed to scream a warning to her children in another bedroom, and at that point, she told police, the man cut her on the arm with the knife.


The victim told police she was raped repeatedly for the next hour. At one point, the children came into the bedroom. When they did, she told police, she was able to take the knife away from her attacker, forcing him to flee the apartment on foot.

McQueen said that based on the victim's description of the attacker and their own investigation, they immediately identified Peyton as a suspect.

Peyton is registered with the Kentucky State Police as a sexual offender. According to the KSP, he must remain registered for 10 years after a conviction on attempted/solicitation first-degree rape.

Peyton's bail was reduced from $200,000 to $40,000 by Circuit Judge Darren Peckler. McQueen testified as a witness at the grand jury hearing. The theft charges stem from Peyton's possession of a screwdriver and CD player belonging to Susan Denny and Joseph Scott, respectively.

Other indictments

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

* Joseph Mark Bourne, 42, 307 W. Main St., Apartment 2, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sodomy, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in marijuana in or near a school. The indictment alleges that on March 16 and 18, Bourne knowingly induced a minor to engage in illegal controlled substance activity, that he possessed a handgun after having been previously convicted of a felony, that he engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a male through the use of forcible compulsion, that he possessed rolling papers, scales, rolling machine, baggies, calculator, scanner, scissors, pipe and a roach clip, and that he knowingly possessed marijuana with the intent to traffic within 1,000 yards of a school. Robert Estill appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $20,000.

* Steve Berry, 44, Junction City, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 10 and March 26, Berry knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in cocaine, clonazepam and hydrocodone, and that he possessed a pipe. Scott Cavazos and Derek Robbins appeared as witnesses, and bond was set at $10,000.

* Rita Brock, 46, unlawful access to a computer. The indictment alleges that from Nov. 3, 2003, to Jan. 4, 2004, Brock, without consent of the owner, directly or indirectly accessed computer software, programs, data or other parts of a computer for the purpose of obtaining money, property or services by false or fraudulent pretenses, by taking lottery tickets from Chill's Quick Stop. Bob Williamson appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $10,000.

* Paul Coyle, 59, Lancaster, four counts of possession of a forged prescription. The indictment alleges that on May 25, 2003, April 19, 2003, Nov. 18, 2003, and Dec. 8, 2003, Coyle possessed forged prescriptions for lortab, a controlled substance. Jennifer Wilson appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $5,000.

* Patricia A. Ferguson, 37, 603 Shawnee Road, possession of a forged prescription. The indictment alleges that on March 31, Ferguson possessed a forged prescription for vicoprofen, a controlled substance. Cavazos appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $5,000.

* Steve Ford, 55, 304 E. Main St., trafficking in a controlled substance. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 10, Ford knowingly trafficked in cocaine. Scott Cavazos appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $10,000.

* Joshua Dale Grimes, 23, Burgin, two counts of receiving stolen property more than $300. The indictment alleges that on March 8, Grimes had in his possession rims and tires stolen from Bob Allen Motor Mall, and a ring stolen from Jeremy Underwood. Estill appeared as a witness, and bond was set at $5,000.

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