A Lima man facing rape charges is trying to get statements he made to police tossed out of evidence.
Everett Ward was back in Allen County Common Pleas Court with his attorney following a motion to suppress. The motion says Ward believes he wasn't properly given his Miranda rights or notified at all. A DVD of Ward's interview with the police will be the sole determinant of the motion. Ward faces two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. Court documents say the alleged victim in one of the counts of rape was a 12-year-old girl. Ward has a new trial date of March 17, 2020, pending the motion.