BARSTOW • Attorneys are currently screening prospective jurors in the case of a man accused of raping a Barstow woman and her two teenage daughters during a home invasion robbery in 2007.
Randall Zackery — who briefly escaped from the Barstow Jail in 2008 — is charged with 27 felony counts related to the Sept. 10, 2007, incident. Zackery's charges include rape, burglary, robbery, and a host of sexual assault charges.
According to police reports, a masked man broke into a house where he raped and sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman and her two teenage daughters. Zackery was on parole when he was named as a suspect and arrested when police found stolen property at his home during an October 2007 search.
Before jury selection Wednesday morning, Judge John Gibson ruled that Zackery's legs may be bound with a nylon cord restraint known as a "hobble strap" at a bailiff's request due to Zackery's earlier escape from the Barstow Jail.
Zackery feigned injury to be free of leg restraints for his 2008 escape, according to previous reports. After walking out of a bus that transported him from the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga to the Barstow Jail, Zackery dropped his crutches and scaled two tall fences, one topped with razor wire. He was captured a short time later outside of Barstow High School.
The hobble strap does not make the noise of traditional metal chain shackles, and a small credenza will be placed next to Zackery's seat in the courtroom to prevent potential jurors from being influenced by the sight of the extra restraints. Deputy District Attorney Lana Dallas and Zackery's Public Defender Troy Padgett both agreed to the restraints.
Hardship exclusions are currently being conducted for prospective jurors and jury selection is expected to last through the end of the week.
Zackery already has five prior strike convictions and any additional felony conviction would result in a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. If convicted of all the charges he is currently facing, Zackery could be sentenced to 425 years to life.
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