Ga. hospital rapist may get new trial

Judge orders mental health evaluation. Expert will assess if man is delusional.


By Andria Simmons
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GWINNET COUNTY, Ga. — An HIV-positive man who was convicted of rape in 2010 could get a new trial if psychologists determine he was acting on a delusional compulsion when he sneaked into an unconscious woman's bed at a Gwinnett County mental hospital and had sex with her.

Last week, a Gwinnett judge granted funds of $2,000 for the new defense attorney handling Wesley Randall Hatfield's appeal to hire a medical expert. Hatfield was being treated for a long history of mental illness and was HIV-positive in 2007 when he allegedly forced himself on a female patient who became unconscious after being sedated for anxiety symptoms at SummitRidge mental hospital in Lawrenceville.

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