DNA reopens decade old rape case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/13/09

DNA reopens decade old rape case

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A DNA match helps break a nearly decade old rape case. On Tuesday, a Lubbock Grand Jury indicted 44-year-old Tracy Jackson for the rape of a woman back in 2000.

Thanks to a nationwide database a case that didn't have a suspect for years now has the man who police believe committed the crime indicted. "Earlier this year we were notified of a potential CODIS match," says Lubbock Police Detective John Lofton.

Lofton was assigned a nearly decade old rape case that recently became active thanks to CODIS. The Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, contains DNA profiles from both offenders and crime scenes. The genetic data helps jurisdictions nationwide investigate and solve crimes with no suspects.

In 2000, a woman was raped in a Lubbock hotel room. When she woke up police say she knew something was wrong. "She woke up to find a man she didn't know in her room and when she asked who he was he left," says Lofton.

A rape kit was given and DNA collected but still no leads on a suspect. "We put DNA into the system and eventually they meet and we will find a match," says Detective Lofton.

Nine years later, on Tuesday, a Lubbock Grand Jury indicted 44-year-old Tracy Jackson for sexual assault.  He was convicted of drug felony charges in Lubbock in 2002 and is currently serving time in the Robertson Unit outside of Abilene.

Lofton says DNA is an investigative tool. "Someone leaves something behind at a crime scene and when they leave DNA it is hard to fight it," he says.

A court date has not been set. The District Attorney's Office says Jackson will either be brought back to Lubbock to stand trial or serve the remainder of his sentence then face the current charges.

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