Former Pittsfield man competent to stand trial in UMass rape case


NORTHAMPTON — The trial for the last of four defendants, accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in 2012, is set to begin next week.

Caleb Womack, 20, was found competent to stand trial after an examination from a board-certified forensic psychologist, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Questions about Womack's competency were raised by a court psychologist who testified on Nov. 13 that Womack was depressed and unable to make rational decisions.

The settling of the competency issue clears the way for the trial to get underway with jury selection Monday.

The trial had originally been slated for a Nov. 16 start, but the competency issue pushed back that date.

Womack, formerly of Pittsfield but who now lives in Enfield, Conn., faces three counts of aggravated rape.

He's accused of traveling to the UMass campus with his three co-defendants and assaulting the victim while she faded in and out of consciousness after a night of drinking and smoking marijuana.

Womack has denied having sex with the woman; she testified at each previous trial that she was attacked by all four men.

Emmanuel T. Bile, Jr., Justin A. King and Adam T. Liccardi, all 21 and from Pittsfield, each were convicted in separate trials earlier this year.

Bile was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison; King and Liccardi are serving 8 to 12-year sentences.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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