Man waives probable cause hearing in 1996 rape case


A 58-year-old Midland man charged in a 1996 rape case waived his 21-day probable cause hearing Tuesday.

Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks said another probable cause hearing will be set for Douglas Weber, who is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arrested for the 26-year-old felony on Oct. 31, with the help of a genealogy profile used by investigators. He remains jailed on a $500,000 non 10% bond in connection with the case.

According to the Michigan Attorney General, all probable cause hearings must be heard within 21 days of arraignments, unless waived.

Weber was arraigned on Nov. 2, in Midland’s 75th District Court.

Brooks said that on Jan. 7, 1996, an 18-year-old woman was driving home when her car broke down in the area of Stark and Beamish roads in Larkin Township. A man, who the woman did not know, stopped, and offered to give her a ride home. Instead, he drove her to a rural area and attacked her. Brooks said the woman tried to get away, but the man forced her down and raped her.


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