Albert Jeffcoat Has Preliminary Hearing - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/16/04

Albert Jeffcoat Has Preliminary Hearing

Deputies led Albert Jeffcoat into the Effingham County Courthouse this morning, bound in shackles and handcuffs.  Inside Jeffcoat just sat and listened to the evidence being presented against him, charges of raping and kidnapping his soon to be ex-wife.

The only person who testified was a detective from the Effingham County Sheriff's Department. She told the court in great detail what the victim told her about the attack.

Detective Dlizabeth Holbrook said Jeffcoat and his wife were packing up his things at their home in Rincon. He was moving to Florida. Suddenly he pulled out a gun. When his wife tried to get away, he handcuffed her and sprayed her face with mace and over the next four hours he forced her to have sex.

The detective says Jeffcoat then drove his wife at gunpoint to convenient store to buy cigarettes. After that they were driving through Guyton when she jumped out the car and ran to city hall. Two employees inside locked the doors to keep Jeffcoat out and called 9-1-1

The judge bound the case to superior court for a grand jury to hear.

Jeffcoat's attorney, Steve Yekel had this to say after the hearing, "Mister Jeffcoat has indicated in statements that were presented in court that anything that took place regarding sexual acts were all consensual."

The judged denied Jeffcoat bond. He will await his next court date in the Effingham County Jail.

Also brought up at today's hearing, an incident from North Carolina, Jeffcoat's accused of threatening to kill a woman he was having an affair with.

If convicted, Jeffcoat could face up to life in prison.

Reported by Michelle Paynter: Mpaynter@wtoc.com

 

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