Perry botched mammogram case delayed again

The case against a former radiology technician accused of falsely reading mammogram results, will drag on a little longer.

Lawyers were expected to argue motions Friday morning in Houston County Superior Court, before the trial of Rachael Michelle Rapraeger.

Judge Katherine Lumsden postponed the case until June.

The case against then 31-year-old Rachel Michelle Rapreager from Macon began in 2010.

A Houston County grand jury indicted Rapraeger on 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud.

All of the charges came from her work as a radiologist at the Perry Hospital.

She allegedly told more than 1,200 women their mammograms came back clean, although a doctor never read the results.

When retested, prosecutors said 10 of the women found out they did have breast cancer.

Rapraeger's attorney, Floyd Buford, asserted her innocence from the first court hearing.

In November 2010, Buford said, "She is saddened that she has to go through this process, but it is the way our system works, and she just wants for the truth to come out."

Since then, at least two of the alleged victims named in the indictment died, including Miriam Mizell from Perry. She spoke with 13WMAZ several times about the case, before her death. She said she wanted "justice, no matter how long we have to wait."

Several women joined a civil suit seek damages, which is still pending.

In 2012, a grand jury re-indicted the case, after the defense raised questions about the wording of the original documents.

Friday, prosecutor Dan Bibler said the complexity of the case led to the nearly four years of delay in bringing it to trial.

Bibler and Buford said after they met privately Friday, that they could reach a deal, before Rapraeger's case goes to a jury.

Rapreager has been out on bond with electronic monitoring since 2010.

She was not in the courtroom Friday.


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