Man charged in 1999 rape of woman, 81

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, August 30 2007 Aug 30, 2007 Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:14:37 AM CDT August 30, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Six felony charges are filed against a Missouri prison inmate in the 1999 Christmas Eve rape of an 81-year-old woman in Kansas City. Prosecutors charged Terry Birmingham after DNA linked him to the attack on the woman as she returned from taking Christmas cookies to a neighbor. His DNA was also matched in the 2004 attempted rape of a 66-year-old woman and the home invasion robbery of a 99-year-old woman in 2005. The DNA sample was taken in January when Birmingham was booked into a Missouri prison to serve time for burglary and resisting arrest. Jackson County prosecutors kept the case alive past the statute of limitations by using DNA found at a crime scene to charge an unknown "John Doe." It's the first such case in which Jackson County authorities used that technique. No charges were filed in the other two cases.

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