Man who raped pregnant Rock Hill woman exposes himself to jail inmate, seeks new trial

12/12/2013 12:19 AM

12/12/2013 12:22 AM

A Florence County man serving 40 years behind bars for violently raping a pregnant woman in Rock Hill, forcing her to shower and then beating her boyfriend with a baseball bat, has been charged with exposing himself to an inmate at the York County Detention Center.

At about 9:20 p.m. Friday, deputies charged Darius Leander Wilson, 40, with indecent exposure after they say he exposed himself to Sarah Michelle Randolph, 25, who was in the jail after she had been charged with hitting a man with an aluminum bat during a mob assault.

Randolph told detention center officers that Wilson, who had been transported to the York County Detention Center for a post-conviction relief hearing, made sexual “motions” at her after exposing himself while she was in the booking area. Deputies charged Wilson with indecent exposure.

Hours later, deputies were called again after Wilson spit in Randolph’s face as he was being escorted through the booking area and while she was in her holding cell, according to another report. Randolph told deputies that Wilson threatened to find her.He then spit in her face, the report states.

Wilson had been imprisoned in York while awaiting a post-conviction relief hearing, a process that allows a convicted person to prove that the first trial resulting in his conviction was unfair.

Last September, a Circuit Court judge sentenced Wilson to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a woman’s Rock Hill apartment two years ago in an attempt to “settle a score” with her boyfriend. After Wilson and four others ransacked the woman’s apartment, Wilson forced her onto the couch and, while holding her at gunpoint, raped her.

Wilson forced her to take a shower and wash her clothes to remove DNA evidence, a prosecutor said.

When the boyfriend arrived, Wilson and one of his accomplices pistol-whipped him before pouring boiling hot water and bleach on him.

Police used calls Wilson and his cohorts made from one of the victim’s cell phones to track them to Marion County, where Wilson had also been charged with armed robbery and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He was sentenced on those charges in 2011, but returned to York County last year to plead guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery.

On Monday, he appeared before Circuit Court Judge John Hayes III and argued that his former lawyer, York County Public Defender Dan Hall, did not adequately defend him. During the hearing last September, Hall mentioned Wilson’s mental health history, particularly schizophrenia. Before pleading guilty, Wilson underwent an evaluation by the state Department of Mental Health. He was found competent to stand trial, said Rutledge Johnson, assistant prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s Office.

Hall agreed with the evaluation, Johnson said, and met with him at least eight times before Wilson decided to plead guilty after realizing he faced a life sentence with no parole for the crimes he committed. Still, Wilson wanted a second opinion and was upset that Hill did not help him get one.

Hayes said he would take the issue under advisement before deciding whether Wilson sufficiently argued for a new trial, Johnson said. Lawyers expect the decision within the next few days.

Wilson’s incident at the detention center does not factor into the hearing’s outcome, Johnson said. The victim, now mother to a son, did not attend the hearing. Efforts to reach Wilson’s lawyer, Mike Hemlepp, were unsuccessful on Wednesday. Hall also could not be reached.

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