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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Suspect won't be prosecuted over series of KS rapes

Using DNA tests, Kansas investigators tied a convicted killer, Doug Belt, to seven rapes between 1989 and 1994. Because the statute of limitations was running out, authorities had issued a "John Doe" warrant -- a warrant in the name of whoever met a specific DNA profile.

The Kansas Supremes, though, have knocked down the warrant and, with it, the likelihood these rapes will be prosecuted.
The warrant was just too vague, the court said. (And it probably didn't help that authorities had major problems keeping blood samples straight.)

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