When former "Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden goes on trial on rape charges next month in East Baton Rouge Parish, the jury will be allowed to hear about other alleged instances of sexual abuse that occurred inside and outside of the parish, a state judge ruled Friday.
Hayden, 51, of Greenwell Springs, is scheduled to stand trial April 3 in East Baton Rouge on aggravated rape and forcible rape counts. He also faces charges in Livingston Parish, including a count of aggravated rape.
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East Baton Rouge prosecutors have argued in court documents that Hayden has a "lustful disposition toward children," and they say the other alleged instances of sexual abuse that District Judge Mike Erwin allowed to go before a jury will prove their contention.
Bo Rougeou, who represents Hayden in the East Baton Rouge court case, said he is considering asking an appellate court to review the judge's decision.
Rougeou argued Friday that the two police reports prosecutors want a jury to hear about were filed after Hayden's arrest on the East Baton Rouge charges and should not be allowed at his trial next month. He accused prosecutors of "piling on."
Erwin rejected that argument.
Rougeou also asked the judge to order prosecutors to be more specific in terms of the time frame for some of the charges against Hayden. For example, he said, one of the counts alleges the rape occurred in 2013 and 2014, while another count gives a time span of 1991 and 1992.
"There is a lot of alibi evidence that we have," Rougeou told Erwin, but he said the allegations cover such a broad period of time that it's difficult to mount a defense.
Prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter responded that the victims are juveniles and the date ranges are the best they could give.
"The state can't do any more," she said.
Erwin, who noted the defense has the relevant police reports, ruled prosecutors have done what they are obligated to do.
In East Baton Rouge, Hayden allegedly raped two preteen girls, one in the early 1990s and the other in 2013 and 2014.
In Livingston Parish, Hayden also is accused of sex crimes against his oldest daughter and former "Sons of Guns" co-star, Stephanie Hayden Ford. Ford said on the "Dr. Phil" show in 2014 that her father came into her bedroom one night about two decades ago while intoxicated and pinched and kissed her while trying to take her clothes off. She said she escaped and he never touched her inappropriately again.
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The incident involving Ford is one of the matters that the East Baton Rouge jury will hear about.
"Sons of Guns" aired on the Discovery Channel for several seasons and used Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge as the backdrop. The show was canceled during Hayden's legal troubles. Hayden owned the custom gun shop at the time. It is now called Meaux Guns and Ammo, and Hayden is not affiliated with it.