A man facing nine charges — including one count of rape, two counts of false imprisonment and three counts of aggravated assault — was denied bond for a second time in Bartow Superior Court Tuesday.
Georgia Superior Court Senior Judge Shepherd L. Howell did not grant a motion requesting bond be set for Rusty Lee Akers, who is also facing two counts of cruelty to children and one count of battery.
Akers, who has been in custody at the Bartow County Jail since July, was also denied bond by Howell at a hearing in August. Akers was indicted on the charges by a grand jury on Sept. 26.
According to a bill of indictment, Akers committed the crimes against a former girlfriend and her 4-year-old child between May 1 and May 2 in Acworth.
"At that point in time, he lived in a tent," said Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Jana W. Allen. "She had her little girl with her ... he ended up, what she described, forcing her and her daughter to stay in that tent for up to a day, a day and a half."
Continuing, Allen said Akers brandished a knife and threatened to kill the adult victim.
"He raped her, he beat her," Allen said. "What helped her escape was he dropped the knife for some reason and she used it to cut the back of the tent and she and her little girl ran."
The bill of indictment also accuses Akers of strangling his former girlfriend and striking her with "an unknown solid object."
"The victim had some very severe bruising and injuries down her body and the child was forensically interviewed and was able to corroborate some of the accounts that the complainant made," Allen said.
Akers was arrested on June 12 for possession of methamphetamine and less than an ounce of marijuana. While in custody, Allen said Akers phoned the victim he allegedly raped and assaulted several days earlier.
"It was one of those free calls that's about 60 seconds," Allen said. "She picks it up and he immediately starts saying 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry,' and she proceeds to, I guess, kind of curse him and say 'you almost killed me.'"
Allen argued the accused still poses a threat to the victims and is too dangerous to be released from custody.
With bond denied, Akers will remain behind bars until at least February — the earliest a criminal jury trial can begin.
"It's longer than I'm usually comfortable with," Judge Howell said. "But under all these circumstances, I will continue to deny bond and he will remain incarcerated until trial."