Judge: Rape trial of Laurel doctor will proceed

Doctor Malachy Dehenre of Laurel is facing trial for a 15-year-old rape charge after Judge Billy Joe Landrum denied a defense motion for dismissal.

Dehenre allegedly raped a 21-year-old patient in 1992 when he was practicing at a Laurel clinic.

Defense attorney David Ratcliff says the grand jury refused to indict Dehenre in the case 15 years ago and claims there's no new evidence to justify a prosecution now.

The trial is set for October 4.

In a separate case, Dehenre stands accused for a second time in the 1997 murder of his wife. He's scheduled to go before the judge on that charge sometime this year.