LOGAN — A judge has issued a warrant for a 24-year-old rape suspect and threatened to do the same for his attorney, after both men failed to appear before him in court.
Tyler S. Call is charged with raping a Utah State student in September 2017. His case was scheduled for a three day jury trial in October.
Call and defense attorney, Darwin Overson, were both scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in 1st District Court for a final pre-trial conference. Neither were present, after allegedly being notified of the hearing by mail by court staff.
Judge Brian Cannell expressed frustration with both men’s absences, especially after state prosecutor, Dane Murray, said Call and Overson have had no contact with his office as well. Murray said it has been frustrating, trying to contact both men ahead of of the trial.
Judge Cannell explained that he had no other choice but to cancel the upcoming trial and order that Call be arrested and held on a no-bail status. He also said he could issue a similar warrant for Overson for contempt of court, but said he would wait and try to determine the reason for the absences.
Police claim that Call went with the alleged victim to her room late on the night of Sept. 8, 2017. While there, they started off talking to one another from opposite ends of the room and then ended up snuggling on her bed.
According to a probable cause statement, he asked her for sex multiple times and she repeatedly told him “no.” However, he reportedly ignored her and raped her.
The alleged assault was reported to USU school officials on Sept. 10, one day after the incident happened.
Call was interviewed by officers on April 24, 2018, at the USU Police Department, before being arrested. He was later released from jail after posting $20,000 bail.
USU officials said Call was not attending USU at the time of the alleged crime and was never enrolled as a student.
Records show, Call is originally from Willard but was living in Logan at the time the allegations occurred. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.