Sheriff: DNA Match Links Convicted Sex Offender to 2008 Rape Case

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says a rape case from 2008 has been solved thanks to DNA.

44-year-old James Michael Murphy of Knoxville, who was already in prison on separate sexual abuse and kidnapping charges, has now been charged in another case.

Officials say a woman reported she was raped on Aug. 26, 2008. She told deputies a man had abducted her at knifepoint, taken her to another location and sexually assaulted her. She couldn’t identify the man.

A rape kit was made, collecting DNA evidence, but a match to the sample wasn’t found at the time.

In 2014, in another reported sexual assault in Iowa, Murphy was identified as a suspect and his DNA was taken. It was submitted to the CODIS DNA database and a match was discovered, linking Murphy back to the Marion County case from 2008.

After getting a new sample from Murphy and re-testing it, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations laboratory stated, “the probability of finding this profile in a population of unrelated individuals, chosen at random, would be less than 1 out of 100 million.”

The match has led to a charge of second degree sexual abuse for Murphy. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22.

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