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New Developments in Separate Bar Rape Cases, One Defendant Cleared, Another Charged

SPRING HILL – There are new developments in two separate rape investigations that took place at local bars earlier this year.

The first incident occured just three days before Valentine’s Day at Jerseys Hometown Tavern on Commercial Way, where a woman claims she was brutally raped outside the back door of the bar by an unknown assailant. RNRF met with the victim, and in an exclusive interview “Rachel” detailed what she says occurred that night. (CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL STORY)

According to Rachel, a man raped her repeatedly while bystanders walked over them without saying a word. Rachel admits that she was intoxicated that night but that she did not consent to having sex with the suspect. Rachel was transported to a local hospital where DNA samples were taken and investigators began searching for the suspect.

On Monday, September 25th, Investigators with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old William Joseph Howard and charged him with Kidnapping and Rape. Howard posted a $15,000 bond that same evening. Howard has retained the services of former Judge, Peyton Hyslop and Matthew Pila.

We asked Rachel if she was relieved that a suspect was arrested and she said, “Yes, but that it will be good after he is locked up and stays locked up.”

People who know Howard are in disbelief over his arrest and say there is no way he is guilty of rape.

The second incident began on the night of Monday, March 7th, at Delirium Sports Bar and Grill on Mariner Blvd, where a string violent crimes led to the arrest of two men the following day. (CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL STORY)

Officials say 24-year-old Richard Bunyan Mosby and a second suspect, 25-year-old Kurtis Ray Edie raped a female victim in the bar restroom, repeatedly over the course of the evening. Surveillance video shows Mosby and Edie going back and forth from the bar to the restroom several times before leaving around 11:00 p.m. with the victim. Mosby and Edie parted ways but witnesses say Mosby and the alleged victim were seen having sex again in front of Best Cleaners & Laundry, located nearby on Lamson Ave. Deputies responded to the area after the woman attempted to gain entry to the business.

Later that morning, Deputies were called back to the same area after receiving reports of a robbery. Turns out, Mosby allegedly knocked a woman to the ground, strangled her until she was unconscious, and then stole the victim’s cell phone and other property.

Mosby was taken into custody after K-9 tracked him to a residence on Goldcoast Ave. Edie was also arrested after meeting with detectives.

Mosby is charged with Rape, Robbery, and Burglary, and remains behind bars on a $125,000 bond. Edie was also charged with Rape and released on a $50,000 bond; however, charges against Edie have since been dropped.

Immediately after RNRF released Delirium’s surveillance video and testimony from Edie and acquaintances, doubts of Edie’s guilt became apparent. Three months after his arrest, a Judge dismissed the rape charge again Edie.

Edie, who has the mentality of a 16-year-old, says he just wants to put his life back together and let everyone know that he is innocent. Edie lost his job with Publix Supermarket due to the arrest and according to Edie, they refuse to hire him back.

Edie says he’s working towards having his arrest record expunged.

Mosby is due back in court on October 19th with his attorney John Kruse.

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  • Hey Tom how about writing an article that charges have been dropped on William Howard over the bogus rape charge. I hope Will sues that girl! Hernando sheriffs office also falsely charged him with an incorrect underage rape charge and slandered him 4(a) instead of 5(b). I know he has had a ruff time with work, family, and friends over that BS charge. Hernando county Sheriff needs to be held accountable for their messup!!

    Monday, 23 October 2017, 4:41 pm
      • So was charged dropped?

        Thursday, 9 November 2017, 10:40 am
  • I call bs .. She goes to the bar with Jason west fall stays on her phone all night .tells him she will b back .how random their texting agreed to meet up and then plays off she Been raped after someone seen her outside .not once did she ask for help .yet she was the bartender .I’d lie to ,to save my self from looking like a whore ..even her own friend who she went with says he feels she lying .

    Saturday, 7 October 2017, 10:14 pm
  • Jersey’s needs to be shut down anyway. Cops need to look into what goes on there after 2 a.m. A minor recently left there extremely intoxicated well after closing time. The owner was cool with it though. What a dump full of low lifes.

    Friday, 6 October 2017, 8:48 am
  • Honestly I know Will he seems to be a good person. I wouldn’t pin him as a rapist. He has a good job and is a productive member of society. It sad that drunk bitches can ruin someone’s life. He never denied Sleeping with her. It just wasn’t the same story she told. I hope the truth comes out! Good luck Will

    Thursday, 5 October 2017, 9:26 pm
    • So you’re saying people with good jobs don’t do wrong? And also you said bitches so was William Howard accused of more than one rape? My heart goes out to those girls out there that were truly raped and people like you just discarded it because they were drinking!

      Friday, 6 October 2017, 4:30 pm
    • So you’re saying people with good jobs don’t do wrong? And also you said bitches so was William Howard accused of more than one rape? My heart goes out to those girls out there that were truly raped and people like you just discarded it because they were drinking!

      Friday, 6 October 2017, 4:55 pm
      • I wonder why they exchanged phone numbers then after the so called rape? I also wonder why the witness who walked by seemed to think the girl was not in anyway being held against her will. Also why didn’t “Rachael” come back screaming in the bar RAPE?! You know why? Because she was NOT RAPED! I know more to the story then whats in the article. I hope Will sues her for slander! Just because you regret acting like a whore because you were drinking doesn’t mean you can turn it around and ruin someone else’s life with a false rape charge!

        Friday, 6 October 2017, 5:35 pm
        • I fully agree .u can’t go around being promiscuous and then balls ppl cause u got busted having sex out side a Establishment.

          Saturday, 7 October 2017, 10:36 pm
  • I will say like this… all these punks should be hung!!! I’m so sick of seeing articles where someone thinks they have the right to take someone else’s stuff!! (Not even going to touch on the rape accusations) what gives anyone the right to take someone’s belongings that they work hard for?! Stupid punks!!!! Just ridiculous!! So many junkies around here

    Thursday, 5 October 2017, 7:00 pm
  • Funny how no one comments on articles like this, so I will. I’m shocked about William Howard is all I’ll say. I hope the sheriff’s department is on the ball here because I don’t know that any of the boys from that family would ever do anything like William is being accused of. Lets try and remember, this young man is considered innocent until a jury says otherwise.

    Thursday, 5 October 2017, 2:15 pm
    • sounds like it was his DNA they got from her. And if she was that drunk and can’t consent he raped her. SHould have gone home and stroked one off instead

      Thursday, 5 October 2017, 9:24 pm

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