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Trial set for April in rape case involving former 'Sons of Guns' reality star

William Hayden (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) William Hayden (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A new trial date has been set for a former star of the reality television show "Sons of Guns" who is accused of multiple counts of aggravated rape. 

Will Hayden appeared in the 19th Judicial District court Friday morning before Judge Mike Erwin. 

Hayden pleaded not guilty to all charges filed against him in both East Baton Rouge Parish and Livingston Parish.

The trial for the charges in East Baton Rouge Parish, two counts of aggravated rape, is scheduled to begin on April 03, 2017.

Hayden also pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Livingston Parish in Feb. 2015. An aggravated rape conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. The trial date for the Livingston Parish charges has not been set.

Hayden switched attorneys in Feb. 2015.

Detectives say one 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.

A total of four victims have made claims against the founder of Red Jacket Firearms.

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 August 4, 2014.

Detectives then re-booked Hayden on Aug. 26 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 prior, when she was 12 years old.

The Discovery Channel announced the "Sons of Guns" series was canceled after Hayden was first arrested and charged with aggravated rape of a 12-year-old.

Hayden is currently incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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