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Mammogram Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
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A Macon woman accused of mishandling more than 1,200 mammograms pleaded not guilty in a Houston County court today.

Rachael Rapraeger faces 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud, because she handled test results for 10 women who actually have breast cancer.

She's accused of notifying more than 1,200 women that their mammograms came back clean, even though a doctor never reviewed them.

After her not-guilty plea in Houston Superior Court today, Judge Katherine Lumsden set an April 4 court date for the former Perry Hospital technician.

Her lawyer, Floyd Buford, would not comment on the plea except to say Rapraeger maintains her innocence and looks forward to her day in court.

"She's saddened that she has to go through this process," Buford says. "But it is the way our system works, and she just wants for the truth to come out."

Until the April court date, Rapraeger remains free on $50,000 bond but under electronic monitoring and confinement to her Macon home.

At least one of Rapraeger's 10 alleged victims was in court Wednesday.

Miriam Mizell says she's had two rounds of chemotherapy since she first discovered she had cancer.

"I felt it was important for a victim to be present," Mizell says.

While she has hired an attorney to pursue a possible lawsuit, she says her main concern now, is getting healthy.

She says she trusts the courts will give her and the other women justice.

"No matter how long we have to wait -- that's just not important to me," Mizell says.

The Houston County District Atttorney's office said in September, Rapraeger could face up to 160 years in prison on the 20 counts.

Mizell says whatever the outcome, she's ready for a conclusion.

"The court will take care of that. And I will take care of me," she says.

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