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!