The new trial for Steven Terry Jordan, who was convicted in 2015 of breaking into a Great Bend woman’s residence and raping her in 2013, has been rescheduled. The four-day jury trial is now set to begin on July 29.
Jordan’s trial had been scheduled to take place the week of May 6 but was continued at the request of his defense attorney, Shannon S. Crane. According to a motion filed in Barton County District Court, Brandon Rogers, “a critical witness for the defense’s theory of defense,” was unable to testify this week due to his work schedule.
District Judge Carey Hipp granted the continuance.
During Jordan’s jury trial in 2015, prosecutors 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-bolted wooden front door, entered and raped a 22-year-old woman.
Jordan testified that the woman allowed him in the house and agreed to have sex for meth and money, although he didn’t pay her. Afterward, he left but forgot his wallet, and when he returned for it “he pushed open the door which already had a broken latch.”
A new trial was granted when the Court of Appeals ruled District Judge Ron Svaty erred in limiting cross-examination by the defense that was intended to support its case by showing the woman was a drug user.