Washington gets trial date, PD
Nathan Antonio Washington, the man accused of being the serial rapist, appeared via video feed in Charlottesville Circuit Court today to request a court-appointed lawyer.
Washington previously had been represented by Rhonda Quagliana, who will still represent him in a General District court hearing October 4.
An impatient-sounding Dave Chapman, commonweath's attorney for Charlottesville, told Judge Edward Hogshire, "We've wasted a month now.... We want to move these cases along." Washington was arrested August 13.
Hogshire told Washington he will assign a public defender, and he set a December 10-12 trial date for a November 2002 rape and vicious assault in the Willoughby subdivision.
Washington has been linked to a 1997 rape at a Comfort Inn in Waynesboro from DNA samples taken at his arrest.
Police previously have said the serial rapist was linked to seven attacks.