Attorney for 'Sons of Guns' star facing rape charges withdraws from case, court appoints public defender

Attorney for 'Sons of Guns' star facing rape charges withdraws from case, court appoints public defender

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former reality TV star on the show "Sons of Guns" was in court Thursday morning for what was supposed to be a status update on the rape charges he is facing in East Baton Rouge Parish, but instead, his attorney withdrew from the case and the court appointed a public defender.

Will Hayden, 50, of Baton Rouge, appeared before Judge Mike Erwin for a scheduled status hearing in the case in which he is charged with two counts of aggravated rape. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The hearing was delayed again and is now scheduled for October 14. The hearing was originally scheduled to happen on July 21, but it was delayed. A conviction on aggravated rape carries a mandatory life sentence in Louisiana.

Hayden is also accused of rape in Livingston Parish. He was indicted there on charges of aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges also. A total of four victims have made claims against the founder of Red Jacket Firearms.

He was scheduled to appear in court in Livingston Parish in July. His attorneys filed a motion in that case asking for additional information to be included into the official record.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Hayden was initially arrested on Aug. 8, 2014 on charges of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature for alleged sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl in connection with an incident that allegedly happened on Aug. 4, 2014.

Detectives then re-booked Hayden on Aug. 26, 2014 on a charge of aggravated rape related to that same girl. About a month after the initial arrest, detectives said more charges were filed against Hayden after a woman reported he had allegedly raped her 22 years ago when she was 12 years old.

Detectives in Livingston Parish said the rape charge is from March 2013 involving a girl who was 11 years old at the time. They added another girl came forward and told them she was a victim of Hayden's in 1995 when she was 12 or 13 years old.

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