Psychiatric Exam Ordered in Alleged WSU Abduction

Psychiatric Exam Ordered in Alleged WSU Abduction


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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A psychiatric examination has been ordered for Scott Allen Rainford, who is accused in the alleged abduction-rape of his estranged wife.

"Based on a review of what medical records that are available, discussions with his own family, and my own observations, I believe he is bipolar," said defense attorney John Caine, who asked 2nd District Judge W. Brent West on Tuesday to order the evaluation.

Rainford received medication in the past for depression, but, "If you're bipolar but are only medicated for depression instead of the full spectrum of bipolar disorder, then your manic episodes can result in very extreme episodes of violence," Caine said.

"I believe that's what's happened here. It offers an explanation, not a complete legal defense," he said.

Rainford, 34, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and attempted murder in the alleged April 21 assault on his estranged wife, who had filed a protective order against him a month earlier.

Officers found the woman tied to a bed in a Kaysville motel room, where they also found and arrested Rainford. Police said her head was wrapped in tape and she had been beaten and raped.

Police were able to make the rescue after a witness reported the license-plate number for a suspect van at the apparent kidnapping scene at noon that day in a Weber State University parking lot.

West set at October trial date, preceded by a July 7 review hearing of the psychiatric probes.

A teenager related to Rainford has been accused of being an accomplice and prosecutors are seeking to have him tried as an adult.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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