Top Ohio court examines rape DNA testing delay

Top Ohio court examines rape DNA testing delay
Posted at 10:39 AM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 10:39:18-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a request by prosecutors and advocates for rape victims to reinstate charges against a Cleveland man accused of attacking a woman in 1993.

The groups say a lower court's dismissal of the charges creates a legal precedent that could jeopardize thousands of unsolved rapes being re-investigated thanks to improved DNA testing.

At issue is the 2013 indictment of Demetrius Jones for a 1993 rape based on evidence found when an old rape kit was tested.

Jones' attorneys say investigators knew from the beginning that Jones was a suspect and closed the case after a limited investigation.

They say prosecutors never questioned Jones' mother, a key witness for him who died before the new charges were brought.

The court scheduled arguments from both sides Wednesday.