A preliminary hearing was rescheduled Tuesday to March for a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend and holding her at a Desert Hot Springs RV park, where he allegedly tortured and raped her.
John Leo Hemmer, 46, is charged with a dozen felony counts, including rape, torture, attempted murder and spousal abuse.
Hemmer, who is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning without bail, is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 21 for a bail review hearing. His preliminary hearing, which will determine if there is sufficient evidence for him to proceed to trial, is now scheduled for March 9.
Hemmer has been in custody since Feb. 6, 2019, when Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a KOA campground at 70405 Dillon Road and found the victim with numerous non-life-threatening injuries.
“The reporting party stated her boyfriend had assaulted her and she was prevented from leaving,” sheriff’s Sgt. Francisco Velasco said at the time.
The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, and Hemmer was arrested.
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