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Trial date expected to be set for Burdick on Monday

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BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostA disposition hearing for a man accused in the February 2008 rape of a Wilson County teenage female is set for 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 19 in Criminal Court.Robert Jason Burdick, dubbed the “Wooded Rapist” by law enforcement, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape of the then 16-year-old Wilson County girl.Judge David Durham will preside over the disposition hearing on Monday during which time a trial date is expected to be set.Burdick was sentenced to 50 years in prison in a Williamson County courtroom on Tuesday for the 1998 rape of a Brentwood teenager. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 in fines. He was convicted in May of the rape of the Brentwood girl who was 16 at the time.Burdick is currently serving 62 years in prison for three other rape convictions in Davidson County.Burdick, nicknamed the “Wooded Rapist” by authorities who believe that he committed his crimes in wooded neighborhoods late at night or early in the morning often after it rained, faces several other rape charges across Middle Tennessee. He has been accused of 13 rapes in total since 1994. Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at Chelsea@wilsonpost.com.
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