Accused serial rapist's trial moved to April

2014-01-07T16:19:00Z 2014-04-02T12:33:16Z Accused serial rapist's trial moved to AprilBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The trial of accused serial rapist Toby Eugene Griego has been postponed until April.

District Judge Russell Fagg ordered jury selection to be held April 3 and 4, with the trial itself set to begin the following week, on April 7. Fagg said the trial is expected to last for a week and a half.

Griego's trial had been set to begin Jan. 22. Prosecutors filed a motion in December to push it back until March while they waited for the state crime lab in Missoula to finish DNA testing in the case.

Griego, 41, faces 40 charges in connection to a string of home-invasion robberies, sexual assaults, attempted sexual assaults and kidnappings in 2013 that gripped Billings for months. He denied all charges at arraignment in November.

Investigators have linked Griego to the rapes or attempted rapes of at least six victims, beginning in early 2013 and continuing into the summer.

In each case, an assailant entered a woman's home and assaulted her or tried to do so, according to charging documents. The attacker also bound and beat his victims.

In two of the cases, the assailant took the women to ATMs and made them withdraw money.

Griego also remains a suspect in at least two other attempted rapes in the Billings area but has not been charged in those cases.

Griego remains in custody at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on a $1 million bond.

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