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Jury selection underway in case of suspected serial rapist Anthony Dias

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm with No Comments »
January 31, 2008 2:57 pm

The Pierce County trial has begun for a man suspected of terrorizing women in two counties in 2005.

Anthony Casper Dias (seen here during a 2005 court appearance) is charged with more than a dozen crimes in Pierce County, including rape, kidnapping and robbery. He’s pleaded not guilty.

He faces more than a dozen more felony charges in King County once his trial here is finished.

Investigators believe Dias broke into several homes in Pierce and King counties, where he cut phone lines, tied people up and repeatedly raped women while wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.

He was captured after police shot him as he fled a Federal Way apartment where he is suspected of raping two teenagers.

Lawyers trying the Pierce County case hope to have 16 jurors (12 regular jurors and four alternates) in place by Tuesday, with opening statements coming Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday.

The trial is expected to last a month or more.

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