Jury seated in rape, kidnapping trial


A jury has been seated for the trial of a Springfield man accused of rape and kidnapping charges stemming from a woman’s report that she shot him after he assaulted her.

Duane Portman Sr., 44, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to county Municipal Court records, Portman was shot in the face Sunday, Sept. 2, at his business, Labelz 4 Less, by a woman who told police Portman held a gun to her head and raped her inside the business in the 1600 block of East Main Street.

The jury went to view Labelz 4 Less this afternoon.

The victim told police she was able to wrestle the gun from Portman and shoot him before she drove to Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton for help.

Detectives interviewed Portman after he initially told investigators he couldn’t remember who shot him or where he was when he was shot.


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