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Albany police arrest man out on bail for rape

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- While out on bail facing multiple felony charges including aggravated assault, a 17-year-old man raped a woman at a Trans-villa Parkway residence after 2 a.m. Tuesday, an Albany Police Department report stated.

The report did not list the age or name of the victim. However, it did state that the victim said "that Devonta Covin had sex with her while she was asleep."

Davonta Rashad Covin is in Dougherty County Jail accused of rape with no bond set, a jail spokeswoman said.

It was established through a paper trail of police reports, court reports and subpoenas that the rape victim is scheduled to testify in a case against Covin in May. The charges against Covin date back to September 2009. They include armed robbery, aggravated assault, street gang terrorism and possession of a firearm during a felony, court documents stated.

Covin was released on bond before a first trial on those counts, court documents state.

That trial ended in a mistrial when the defense attorney convinced a judge that police had not turned over all the testimony taken during the investigation for his review, said Greg Edwards, district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

Covin remained out on bail after the mistrial awaiting a second trial, documents state. On Jan. 25, Covin was arrested for disorderly conduct by Albany police, documents add.

On Feb. 16, Matthew A. Breedon, assistant district attorney, filed to have Covin's bail revoked because he violated the conditions of his bond by being charged with disorderly conduct.

Bail was upheld by Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette and Covin walked. Citing the code of conduct governing comments on pending cases, Lockett declined to comment.

Edwards intends to continue the prosecution of Coven for the first set of charges, he said. He will also pursue a conviction in the rape case, he added.

"We will proceed with the trial," Edwards said. "We will pursue the new charge as a separate crime. Intimidating a witness is something we have to look at too. We will oppose bail."

Contacted about his client Covin's arrest, the possibility of bail and the relationship between the rape victim and Covin, defense attorney James Finkelstein declined to comment.