COPY-Judge: Rape trial of Laurel doctor will proceed

Doctor Malachy DeHenre of Laurel is facing trial for a 15-year-old rape charge.

Judge Billy Joe Landrum denied a defense request for dismissal.

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

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