Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

September 17, 2012

Brothers say WVa man accused of NY rape needs help

JENKINJONES, W.Va. (AP) — The brothers of a West Virginia man accused of raping an elderly woman in New York City's Central Park say he needs to find the Lord — or the electric chair.

Authorities say David Albert Mitchell has been in and out of prison since he was 18. He was arrested twice on charges of raping elderly women, suspected but not charged in the slaying of one female neighbor and acquitted of killing another.

Mitchell is accused of raping and beating a 73-year-old bird watcher last week.

Lewis Mitchell, tells the New York Post (bit.ly/Udg3HW) he doesn't know what his brother is capable of doing. Another brother, Joseph, said David Mitchell's time locked up for other crimes "messed with his mind" and caused him to prey on the weak and elderly.

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