DNA hit convicts man in 17-year-old rape case

Last week, an Orleans Parrish jury in Louisiana found Troy Taylor guilty of forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping for a crime committed 17 years ago. A hit through the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) matched Taylor to the 1994 rape of a then-18-year-old victim.  Taylor’s DNA was taken after an unrelated arrest in 2009.

Two things are notable about this case: First, DNA information must be entered into CODIS for any crime where it’s collected. Second, backlogged kits can and do solve crimes!

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