Judge Denies Rape Suspect’s Request For New Attorneys

A Minnehaha County judge has denied a rape and kidnapping suspect’s request for new attorneys.

Frederick McAbee was originally scheduled to have a change of plea hearing Monday morning with Judge Robin Houwman. However, instead of changing his plea, McAbee asked to fire his attorneys.

Judge Houwman denied the request and put his case on the trial calendar.

McAbee was arrested in November 2015. He is accused of raping and threatening to kill a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls and raping another woman in Pipestone, Minn.