date set for Sunman man accused of rape
Wanda English Burnett
A not guilty plea has been entered for Stanley Short, 41 of Sunman,
who was charged with a series of felony counts after fleeing from
An initial hearing was held last week in Ripley County Circuit
Court for Short where he was advised of the formal charges of
Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct, Criminal Confinement, Battery
and Domestic Battery.
A $15,050 cash bond was set and jury trial dates given for November
14, 15, and 16, 2011. He will have a pre-trial hearing on September
26. According to Ripley County Jail officials, Short was still
incarcerated as of June 15. John Kellerman II has been appointed
counsel for Short.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, a warrant was issued
for Shorts arrest a short time after his estranged wife
told police she had been held against her will and raped by him.
According to information in the Probable Cause Affidavit, Short
is accused of hitting the victim in the head with a hammer, tying
her to the bed and raping her.
The victim was finally able to get free from Short after she persuaded
him to let her get money to pay the electric bill before it was
shut off. She told police they went to the bank where she made
a withdrawal at the drive-thru. Then they went to the Dollar Store,
where she still didnt think she could make a clean get-away.
She said she was looking for a chance to run.
The couple continued with the victim driving. She finally saw
her chance to get away as a group of men were standing in front
of the Sunman Auction House. She told police she suddenly turned
the wheel of the car pulling up to the area where the men were.
She jumped out of the vehicle screaming and yelling that she had
been raped and hit in the head with a hammer by Short. He then
bolted from the area.
Police asked the public for help in finding Short. In the early
morning hours of June 1, Short was taken into custody thanks to
a tip concerning his whereabouts.
The alleged crimes took place on May 25. Ripley County dispatch
received a call asking for help in Sunman a little before noon
that day. The victim told police the ordeal began about 7:20 a.m.
that morning after she took the kids to school and came back to
her home. She said Short came up behind her in the living room
holding a hammer. She told police she had been raped, hit, and
threatened for almost four hours that day.