DNA Links Detroit Man To 1997 Home Break-In, Rape

Published On: Nov 02 2011 09:15:27 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2011 07:11:09 AM EDT

A 38-year-old man has been charged in a 14-year-old rape after DNA evidence was processed.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Tuesday that the sample was found in an old rape kit found during a state police audit of the now-closed Detroit police crime lab.

Antonio Jackson is charged with criminal sexual conduct, home invasion and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His preliminary examination was adjourned Tuesday until Nov. 15.

Prosecutors said a man raped a woman Feb. 17, 1997 after breaking into her west side home.

DNA samples were taken. That rape kit was among more than 10,000 untested kits found in 2009. State police took over the crime lab in 2008.

Project 400, a collaboration between local and state law enforcement, researchers and women advocacy groups, is sifting through some of those rape kits with the help of federal grants.


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