WPLG-TV reported on December 28, 2017, that a man was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to a 2010 rape in Davie. Davie Police Sergeant Mark Leone told WPLG that United States Border Patrol was notified because the alleged offender was in the country illegally.
Leone said the rape case originally went cold after saliva was collected from the woman’s breast and submitted for DNA analysis, but a company was able to create a composite of the alleged offender after police recently provided the DNA evidence. The composite was used to locate the alleged offender, who consented to a collection of his DNA.
Leone told WPLG that “the test results concluded that it was a 1-in-400-billion chance” that the man arrested was not the man responsible. WPLG reported that he now faces multiple counts of sexual battery.
Fort Lauderdale Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
While the people who order or conduct forensic testing and the prosecutors who utilize it often champion the accuracy of the results, it is not unheard of for agents to exaggerate the significance of certain findings. In other cases, critical errors may lead to misleading results.
Samples may get mixed up. Samples may be contaminated. DNA samples that are not properly stored can degrade quickly. In some cases, the actual analysis of the sample may be flawed.
While people who are suspected of criminal offenses may often feel compelled to comply with every single request from law enforcement officers, you should never agree to submit to any kind of testing without having legal representation. You should contact a lawyer as soon as you believe that you are suspected of any kind of criminal case.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents residents and visitors accused of sexual offenses in Broward County. He can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed.