After telling Special District Judge Carson Brooks on Sept. 8 he definitely wanted a preliminary hearing on multiple charges connected to the kidnapping and rape of a Fox woman, Gregory Armstrong did an about face Friday just moments before District Attorney Craig Ladd was set to call witnesses.
Armstrong’s attorney, Michael Tipps, told the judge his client was waiving his right to the hearing. In turn, Brooks ordered the 28-year-old bound over for trial and set formal arraignment for Nov. 30.
Armstrong faces trial in the case that includes charges of kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, feloniously pointing a firearm, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree burglary. Ladd formally charged Armstrong July 14, just one day after the alleged attack occurred.
The Ardmore man is accused of breaking into the victim’s SUV July 13, hiding in the back and then commandeering the vehicle after the victim got in and began driving in western Carter County. The charge further accuses Armstrong of holding the victim at gunpoint while sexually assaulting her.
Following the sexual assault, the victim was able to escape from Armstrong and sought help at the Carter County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies apprehended him a short time later.
Armstrong has been jailed since his arrest and his initial court appearance when Brooks set bond at $75,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, pending the outcome of the case. Armstrong has not posted bond and remains behind bars in the Carter County Detention Center.