Courts & Crime

January 29, 2010

Man convicted in 1999 rape case filed against his DNA profile

The case against Terry U. Birmingham prompted an important change in Missouri criminal law and highlighted changing methods of DNA evidence collection, storage, testing and interpretation. Because investigators did not have a suspect's name, prosecutors filed charges against an unknown "John Doe" in 2002, before the statute of limitations expired, identified only by the DNA profile.

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