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September 27, 2023

Rape suspect Daugherty has trial setting in November

Rape and attempted murder suspect Cory D. Daugherty is set for a hearing where parties could set a trial date.
Daugherty, 31, is charged by prosecutors on suspicion of attempted murder, rape, assault with great injury and false imprisonment.
His trial setting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. in courtroom 3 before Judge Steven Sanders, according to court records.
The case goes back nearly a year since the allegations against Daugherty surfaced. Daugherty in September waived his right to a preliminary hearing where a judge would have decided if there’s enough evidence for a trial.
In late 2017, a victim checked into Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and reported being sexually assaulted in downtown Hollister. Detectives isolated pertinent footage from the event from the downtown surveillance system. The pictures were released to the public on Jan. 11 with a request for assistance in identifying the suspect. Police obtained an arrest warrant and took him into custody Jan. 18.
Daugherty, who had a warrant issued for his arrest, was located and arrested in Santa Clara County. Daugherty was transferred to the San Benito County Jail, and arraigned in court on March 6.
Daugherty on Oct. 5 waived his right to a preliminary hearing, where a judge would have decided if there’s enough evidence for a jury trial.
Daugherty’s bail is set at $500,000. His next hearing is an arraignment on information set for 9 a.m. Oct. 25, according to court records. He is represented by public defender Art Cantu.