New ‘John Doe’ rape charge in Cleveland DNA probe

CLEVELAND (AP) — A grand jury in Cleveland has returned a rape indictment against another unknown individual based on DNA genetic evidence in an attack two decades ago.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County grand jury returned the “John Doe” indictment Tuesday in the rape of a 22-year-old woman in Cleveland on April 25, 1993.

The 20-year statute of limitations would have expired Thursday without the indictment. The indictment will allow prosecution if the DNA leads to the identification of a suspect.

Cleveland police and prosecutors recently began re-investigating cases after evidence collected from victims was tested as part an initiative mounted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/12HM13w ) reports police across Ohio have sent crime labs more than 2,300 previously untested rape kits as part of the program.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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