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April-19-96

Evidence Mounts in New York Rape Case

Kerry Kotler was arrested for rape on April 8, four years after being freed from jail after DNA evidence cleared him of another rape. According to prosecutor Randy Hinrichs, five unique DNA markers from semen found on the victim matched markers from Kotler's blood; the odds against the semen being from someone other than Kotler are 1 in 7.5 million. The victim's clothing also contained dog hairs matching hairs from Kotler's German shepherd. The victim, raped August 20, described her attacker's car and gave police a partial license plate number, which led to the discovery that the vehicle belonged to Kotler's girlfriend.

If convicted, Kotler could be sentenced to 50 years for rape and kidnapping but is currently free on $25,000 bail

Media Resources: The New York Times - April 15, 1996


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