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Man Who Got April Plea Bargain Faces New Attack Charge

Posted June 11, 2007
Updated June 12, 2007

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— Eight days after Billy Trapp was released from jail on a reduced charge that he had attacked a woman, the homeless man was back before a judge Monday facing new rape-related charges.

This time, investigators said Trapp, 45, attacked a 17-year-old jogger near Edna Metz Wells Park on Friday around 6 a.m.

During his court appearance, prosecutors said Trapp cut her with a box cutter and tried to rape her. He is charged with first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape, misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting and delaying an officer and attempted damage to personal property.

Trapp was being held on $2 million cash bond.

Two months ago, police picked him up Trapp in connection with a similar crime.

Police reports indicate that on April 4, officers charged him with raping a homeless woman on Tucker Street.

Prosecutor Adam Moyers offered him a plea deal to the lesser charge of "assault on a female," and Trapp was released from jail May 31 with credit for 58 days of time served.

“I did what I felt was the appropriate thing based on the evidence and based on my experience and based on the law in North Carolina,” Moyers says.

He wouldn't elaborate, but statements in court indicated that prosecutors didn't feel the evidence in the April case was strong enough to get a conviction at trial.

A criminal record check showed that Trapp’s criminal history goes back 27 years. His rap sheet shows mostly convictions for break-ins and thefts.

He has been convicted for assaulting a female, but it was a case from 1982.

A 1990 charge of attempted rape was dismissed.

“We all have to weigh the evidence and the information that’s given to us,” said Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan.

Morgan approved the plea deal in the April case.

Morgan would not comment directly on Trapp's case, but he said courts can only rule on the information that is before them.

“None of us has a crystal ball. All we can do is the best we can under the facts and circumstances relayed to us,” Morgan added.

Because of the April case, prosecutors asked for and received a higher bond than normal for the current charges.

Police say the 17-year-old escaped without serious injury. Trapp’s next court date is July 2.

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  • Chemgrad Jun 12, 2007

    It is a widely accepted fact that sexual predators can not be rehabilitated therefore we as a society should reinstate the gallows for men who are convicted of these crimes.

  • dohicky Jun 12, 2007

    This is par for the course. Bring them in then turn them loose on society to do it again. We don't need more prisons and/or money. We need to treat offenders like they are being punished. They have more privileges and comfort in prison than most of our guys in Iraq. I am sick of our twisted government. We are overtaxed and not protected. We are charged new fees to cover services provided by local governments that tax money provided in past years. All government gives our tax money to private interests, deadbeats and I could go on. Sorry If anyone thinks they are safe they are living in a dreamland. That isn't to say we don't go on with life, you just have to be aware of your surroundings all the time.
    I got carried away!

  • djofraleigh Jun 12, 2007

    Why you asked was a 17yo girl out jogging in a park just as the sun was rising?

    Because she is SEVENTEEN!!!

    She still believed she could get outside and enjoy the world, enjoy running in a park and in the community where she lives.

    She will never again feel that free and naive again.

    Those who say the courts aren't perfect are right, and when it fails a 17yo, there is something going to be said.

    I wish we could walk in our parks without fear. My neighbor was attacked on the greenway off Raleigh Blvd. at mid-day. She fought him off, but a week or so later the next woman was manually violated before getting away. The guy was caught. Does life have to be this way.

  • Sopranos Justice Jun 12, 2007

    Simple...we need more prisons...more guards...more money to keep these thugs out of society, permanently. Will we pay for this or complain our taxes are too high...gotta pay to play children...

  • msudawg Jun 12, 2007

    A repeat offender like this needs to be locked up permanently. He obviously is not going to change his behavior so keep him locked up.

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 12, 2007

    Now that they have this idiot in jail, it's time to keep him there and throw the dang key away!!!! What is wrong with people anyway??

  • WhyWhyWhy Jun 12, 2007

    n2justice - Cops arrest them, lawyers and judges put them back on the streets. Cops get tired of it too, it is very disheartening.

  • gopanthers Jun 12, 2007

    @n2justice - I understand your post and you make some valad points. This guy was released 8 days before he attacked that 17 year old Jogger. Explain our Legal System to her. She's scared for life.

  • n2justice Jun 12, 2007

    News flash...our justice system is not perfect!

    I understand that there are differing opinions when it comes to the law and its application. What I don't understand is how so many people are so quick to judge. If you do not understand how the legal system works, learn more about it. The jobs of those in the justice system are not easy. It is easy for the "armchair" cops and lawyers to criticize how things are done. If you are not happy with the way our system is, try going to law school to become a lawyer or to BLET to become a cop, since the ones we have can't do anything to suit you.

    Our court officials are human and sometimes they make mistakes while they try to do what is best for us as a society...what are you doing to help?

  • gopanthers Jun 12, 2007

    Legal System = Revolving doors and its not the Police's fault. They bring them in and then the Legal System lets them out. Must be very frustrating for the Police Force.

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