NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Wilson County grand jury indicted alleged "Wooded Rapist" Robert Jason Burdick.
The grand jury indicted Burdick on one count of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
He is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl earlier this year at knifepoint after restraining her with duct tape. The Mount Juliet teenager had returned from a school dance.
On Wednesday, Burdick was formally arraigned in Davidson County where he was charged with five counts of aggravated rape. He was also charged with one count of attempted aggravated rape, one count of attempted rape and six aggravated burglaries.
The Nashville business owner pleaded not guilty and told the judge he can't afford to hire an attorney. On a court document, Burdick listed his only assets as a house with $10,000 worth of equity and two cars.
"I talked to numerous lawyers and my financial resources, I can't afford one," he said in court Wednesday.
"As a taxpayer I wish every defendant who came through court could say, ‘yes judge and I am going to hire an attorney or here is my hired attorney," said Roger Moore, assistant district attorney. "Unfortunately that's just not the case."
The judge appointed Burdick a public defender. Burdick is suspected in six more attacks in three Midstate counties.
More charges are expected to be filed against him in Williamson County.
He remains in the Metro jail where his mother and girlfriend recently visited him.
"Last night, the thought occurred to me when it started raining or when I work up and it was raining, that I suspect a whole lot of folks were sleeping better than they had in years. And that is something that we're just grateful for," Moore said.