Meridian Star

September 11, 2013

Man accused of kidnapping, raping woman

The Associated Press
Associated Press

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Sheriff's deputies say a 51-year-old man on probation for arson and desecration of his fiancée's corpse is now accused of kidnapping and raping a Hancock County woman.

Glenn Grannan, sheriff's chief investigator, tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1edukAT ) Mark Andrew Rice is accused of tying up the woman at her home Saturday night and assaulting her.

Rice is on probation for crimes involving Natasha Carpenter, who authorities said died of asphyxiation Sept. 17, 2009, in California, during a meth-fueled engagement party with bondage sex in Rice's 18-wheeler.

Rice drove cross-country with the woman's body under a tarp in his cab's sleeper. Deputies found the body after Rice parked at a Kiln residence, locked himself in the cab and set the truck on fire.

Deputies arrested Rice on the latest charges Monday.