Kwen Trice, the suspended Murray High School assistant boys basketball coach, was arraigned Wednesday in Calloway Circuit Court on 10 counts of third-degree rape involving two cases.
Trice, 30, appeared before Circuit Judge Dennis Foust with attorneys Mark Bryant and Emily Roark. Trice's attorneys waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Trice's case was initially set for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday but he was indicted by information on May 1. An indictment by information allows a case to bypass the grand jury and go straight to circuit court. A preliminary hearing is a probable cause hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send a case to the grand jury.
Trice has been employed three years as a teaching assistant in the alternative education program within the Murray Independent School District and as a basketball coach.
Trice was arrested April 11 on five charges of third-degree rape and released on bond. He was later charged with an additional five charges of third-degree rape in a second case and was arrested and jailed under a $20,000 cash bond.
Trice's case is set for a status hearing on June 13.
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