The trial of a man accused of beating and torturing two women last August has been continued.
Morgan K. Govan, 38, of the 2700 block of Chestnut Street, was supposed to start Tuesday in Allen Superior Court, but was continued to address additional motions filed by defense attorney Anthony Churchward, who had just taken over the case last month.
Govan faces seven counts — two counts of criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury, Level 3 felonies; one count of possession of a narcotic drug between 10 and 28 grams, a Level 4 felony; one count of kidnapping by using a vehicle and two counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon, Level 5 felonies; and one count of intimidation, a Level 6 felony. He also faces a habitual offender enhancement, depending on whether a jury convicts Govan on certain felony counts.
Govan's trial is scheduled to take place Sept. 5-8, but will appear in court on Thursday when Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck rules on the motions.
Govan allegedly imprisoned two women in his basement and bound their arms behind their backs with cords, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Then he reportedly tortured the women, S. and D., for about 45 minutes, allegedly stomping on their heads and backs, kicking them, whipping them with a cord, dropping a large rock on D.'s back and leg, and using a claw hammer to hit S. on the back of the head and back, the affidavit said.
The ordeal ended when D. slipped out of her restraints and ran from the home after Govan reportedly went upstairs to rest or look for something, the affidavit said. Acting as if he couldn't kill S. then because D. was going to the police, Govan reportedly threw S. out of the house, allegedly warning her he would kill her family if she talked to police.
Both women ended up at a hospital.
The probable cause affidavit provided these other details:
S., who had been clean from using heroin for about 10 days, agreed to a request by Govan, who allegedly had been her drug supplier, to meet at a Cook Road storage unit he earlier placed into her name.
When they opened the unit, he saw some items were missing and reportedly became violent. S. said she had loaned the storage unit key to D.
Govan allegedly threw S. into her own car, held her in with the seatbelt and punched her in the face as he drove to the house where he beat and tortured the women.
D., who had just arrived at the house, later told police she and S. reportedly had gone to the storage unit previously and traded a TV, gun, tools and an empty safe to another heroin dealer for drugs.
D. also said Govan allegedly has forced her to prostitute herself against her will in order to get 3.5 grams of heroin per day, which keeps her addicted, and by threatening to kill her and her family if she leaves.
The severely injured S. reportedly arrived at her grandmother's house at about 2:30 p.m. Her grandmother called her mother, who called police.
Police reported S. suffered severe bruising to her eyes and face, and a cut to her right eye.
Her mouth and teeth were bleeding, and she had a cut or contusion on the back of her head, several bruises on her back, and marks on her arms consistent with being tied up.
D., who had two black eyes, told police she had about 50 bumps or contusions on her head, felt dizzy, possibly suffered a broken left foot, had problems with her back and right leg, and felt pain all over her body.