By Monica Land
GREENWOOD – Authorities said a Greenwood man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend on several different occasions is scheduled for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Demetrius Harley, 35, is being held without bond on seven counts of sexual battery, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and shooting into a dwelling.
Greenwood’s Assistant Police Chief Johnny Langdon said Harley was arrested on Aug. 1 after an altercation with another man in a separate incident.
“The gun charges come from a shooting early Monday [July 30],” Langdon said. “Harley was in a fistfight with another man.”
Regarding the alleged rapes, Langdon said Harley would reportedly kick in the door to his ex-girlfriend’s home and rape her, telling afterwards that he would kill her if she notified police.
Langdon said the woman “found the courage” to finally came forward and signed an affidavit alleging the sexual assaults against Harley.
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Harley has a prior residential burglary conviction in Leflore County for which he was sentenced to four years, and a possession of cocaine conviction in Lauderdale County where he was sentenced to seven years.
Harley completed is sentence on May 17, 2011.
A detective with the Greenwood Police Department said the preliminary hearing will determine if Harley will be bound over to the action of the grand jury.