Trial Begins for Kansas City Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The trial is beginning for a convicted rapist accused of sexually assaulting three women and robbing another nearly 30 years ago in a middle-class Kansas City neighborhood.
Opening statements were expected to begin Monday in the trial of 53-year-old Bernard Jackson. He is facing six rape charges, four counts of first-degree burglary and five counts of sodomy in connection with attacks from July 1983 to February 1984.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence links Jackson to those attacks in the Waldo and nearby Armour Hills neighborhoods.
He also is facing 22 counts accusing him of raping two women in the same part of Kansas City in 2009 and 2010. The trial date on those charges hasn't been set.
Jackson has spent most of his adult life in prison for rapes, starting in 1977 when he was 19 years old.