A Barton County jury has found Steven Terry “Dewey” Jordan, 46, guilty of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. District Judge Ron Svaty set sentencing for 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 and revoked his bond.
Jordan was already in the custody of the Barton County Detention Center, as he had not been able to afford the $500,000 cash or surety bond.
Svaty ordered a pre-sentencing investigation into Jordan’s criminal history, which will affect his sentence. The Kansas Department of Corrections website shows he has four prior convictions, all in Barton County:
• Aug. 16, 1989, indecent liberties with a child
• Nov. 20, 1991, unlawful possession of firearms
• April 24, 2007, theft; obtain control of property at least $1,000 but less than $25,000 in value
• March 20, 2010, drug possession
All of these cases are now inactive.
During the trial that began on Monday, Barton County Attorney Douglas A. Matthews and Assistant County Attorney Amy Mellor presented evidence and witnesses to show that around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2013, Jordan went to the 1100 block of Morphy Street in Great Bend, broke the dead-bolt on the wooden front door, entered and raped a 22-year-old woman.
Jordan was represented by Lynn Burke and Sarah McKinnon of the Reno County Public Defender Office in Hutchinson. They presented a case in which they alleged the victim lied to police and to the jury about having consensual sex with the defendant.
Jurors were polled by Judge Svaty and all confirmed that the verdict was unanimous.
The presiding juror provided the Great Bend Tribune with a statement from the entire group. “With the evidence and testimony that we were given by the court, it is our finding of guilty on all counts.”