Joseph Randle competent to stand trial for rape, kidnapping

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A judge has ruled that Former Dallas Cowboys running back and Wichita native Joseph Randle is competent to stand trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman earlier this year.  

Judge Kevin O'Connor issued the ruling Tuesday morning on the basis of a mental health evaluation of Randle in November. The 26-year-old is accused of raping the mother of his son several times in the hours before his arrest in September.

Randle's attorneys argued he be returned to Larned State Hospital for more evaluation. Randle was against that. He's undergone multiple competency hearings.

Officers were then called at around 1 a.m. on September 7 to a rape in progress at an apartment complex near K-96 and Rock Road. Police have said the victim had minor injuries and she told police that Randle had sexually assaulted her.

Document: Joseph Randle sexually assaulted woman for hours

Randle faces two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, one count of aggravated battery and a probation violation. He remains jailed on $750,000 bond. 

In June, he was sentenced to probation for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal threat, aggravated burglary and marijuana possession after striking three people with his car as he left a Wichita house party in 2016. 

Randle spent most of the past two years in jail, with occasional stints in a state mental hospital, on an array of charges. 

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