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Arraignments Postponed Again for MSU Students Accused of Kidnapping, Sexually Assault

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Arraignment for two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman on June 1 and sexually assaulting her at an apartment has been continued to Monday in order for an Arabic language interpreter to be present in the courtroom.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Arraignment for two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman on June 1 and sexually assaulting her at an apartment has been continued to Monday in order for an Arabic language interpreter to be present in the courtroom.
 
Online court record indicate the men and their attorney, Dee Wampler III, appeared for arraignment today (Friday), but an interpreter was not present.
 
Judge Calvin Holden continued the arraignment to 11 a.m. Monday.
 
An earlier judge, Circuit Judge Mark Powell, found there is a lack of probable cause in one of three felony charges filed against the two.
 
Powell ruled in August that "based on the testimony of the witnesses presented, including the victim, the Court finds probable cause to believe the crimes alleged in Count II and Count III of the First Amended Felony Complaint were committed. The Court does not find probable cause on Count I."
 
Count I in the case is for "Forcible Sodomy - Deviate Sexual Intercourse by Forcible Compulsion." Counts II and III are for deviate sexual assault and kidnapping, according to online court records.
 
The arraignment had earlier been continued from Aug. 23 when proceedings against Ahmed Alanazi, 27, and Rayan Alqabbaa, 21, were halted after prosecutors filed on all three charges even though the judge had ruled out Count 1, according to associate prosecutor Stephanie Wan.
 
According to court documents, a cab driver called police to report the men who'd allegedly kidnapped the woman from Zan Nightclub at 311 S. Patton Ave. Police say the call came in shortly before 3 a.m. June 1. 
 
The driver told police he dropped the suspects and the woman who was "in and out of consciousness" off at the Deep Elm apartment complex at 701 E. Elm Street.
 
Officers say they arrived to hear the victim moaning. Once inside, they found the woman crying on a bed, partially clothed, asking for help. Surveillance video, police say, showed the men carrying an injured woman into the apartments.
 
The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She told police she remembered getting free drinks, being surrounded by a group of men, but nothing else up until she arrived at the apartment.
 
Both men are held in Greene County jail in lieu of $1 million because they're considered to be flight risks.

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