Women Testify About Kansas City Rapes From 1980s

5 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 11, 2011 Jul 11, 2011 Monday, July 11 2011 Monday, July 11, 2011 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The trial of a Kansas City man accused of raping four women in the 1980s has included testimony from two women who recounted the evenings they said they were raped in their homes.

Each woman testified Monday she was blindfolded during the nighttime attacks in July and October 1983 and did not see the assailant's face.

The testimony in Jackson County Circuit Court came on the first day of the trial of 53-year-old Bernard Jackson. He has pleaded not guilty to several charges of rape, sodomy and robbery in the attacks from 1983 and 1984.

Jackson was arrested in May 2010, when prosecutors said DNA evidence tied him to the assaults.

Public defender Carie Allen questioned the validity of the DNA evidence collected nearly 30 years ago.

File image courtesy of Micah Baldwin on Flickr Creative Commons.

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