From News on 6:
An unusual rape case has police concerned. The victim says she was held at knife point, beaten and raped after the suspect saw her name in a police report filed against him in a previous case. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports records show Anthony Boyd just got out of jail Sunday on drug charges.
Boyd is back in jail on complaints of kidnapping, rape and assault.
Records show a search warrant was served at the house where Anthony Boyd lives. He went to court on drug charges and as is the law, his attorney was given police reports and documents about the case.
A woman, who was an acquaintance of Boyd, was listed in one of those documents, as someone police talked to. However, police say it was unnamed confidential informants who gave them the information needed to bust him for marijuana possession.
Since defense attorneys need the names of witnesses in order to properly defend their clients and they can and do tell their clients who the witnesses are, I believe the best solution is to make sure that there are additional charges which will be added when a crime is committed against a witness or potential witness.
The additional penalty for violence such as this should be an additional 10 years at the minimum with the maximum being life without parole. This crime of violence against a witness shouldn't be dependant on the suspect/defendant's conviction on the original charges.
People who will go after witnesses are clearly more dangerous than criminals who don't attempt to harm witnesses.
These statutes should also cover crimes of revenge committed by those associated with suspects, defendants or convicts.