DNA ties suspect to cold case sexual assaults

Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A federal grant is making it possible for Louisville Metro Police to close some cold cases. Thursday, investigators announced DNA evidence linked a 44-year-old man to three rapes, one of them dating back almost 13 years.

David Jackson was already jailed on a rape charges for an alleged attack in 2008 that happened under the Beargrass Creek overpass. Police say the DNA evidence connected him to another rape that happened in the same place in 2003.

"Now there's more likelihood of solving a case because every convicted felon has his DNA in the data bank and you'll see as this year progresses on we'll solve more cases because of that law," said Major Joe Richardson, commander of the LMPD Major Crimes Division.

The cold case grant allowed investigators the resources to retrace the crimes, leading to the additional rape charges against Jackson.

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