A&M Grad Student Appears in Court on Rape Charge


Terrance Shaw appeared in Madison County Court in December 2013. (Matt Kroschel, WHNT)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An Alabama A&M graduate student  arrested near the campus following an alleged rape appeared in front of a Madison County judge waiving his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Shaw refused to make any statements to reporters as he left the courtroom, but his attorney says his client is innocent and they look forward to proving that in court.

Shaw is out of jail on a $20,000 bond. Court officials say the case will likely be turned over to a grand jury in the coming weeks.

The woman who police said was raped by the former Memphis police officer previously told WHNT News 19 a different story.  The woman, whose identity we have chosen to protect says Shaw did not rape her and the entire incident was a miscommunication.

AAMU Police arrested Shaw November 17.

In the deposition, officers said the woman was raped and three men witnessed the act.

The victim was taken to the Huntsville Crisis Center and after collecting evidence, police arrested Shaw for first degree rape.

Shaw who is a former Memphis Police Officer was previously investigated for shooting and killing 15-year-old Justin Thompson in September 2012 in Memphis.

Shaw was off duty at the time and claimed the teen tried to rob him. He was never criminally charged.

WHNT News 19 will continue to follow this case and provide updates as they happen.

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