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DNA clears Mansfield man in rape case

4 years ago June 26, 2010 Jun 26, 2010 Saturday, June 26 2010 Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:26:30 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

An 18-year-old boy, who'd been in custody on a forcible rape charge for a year, has been freed from jail and is no longer accused of the crime.

An attorney for Curtis D. Russell says DNA results cleared him and he was released late Wednesday.

Russell was 17 when he was arrested June 17, 2009, after a 16-year-old girl told police that Russell held her down in an apartment and forced her to have sex. Russell's attorney, Brooks Greer, says that never happened when he argued for Russell's release in state court last week contending the DeSoto Parish district attorney's office had failed to bring the case to trial within a 120-day deadline.

Prosecutors told The Times that a backlog of cases at the North Louisiana crime lab had delayed processing of DNA evidence in the case.

Greer says he later received a notice from prosecutors telling him that the charge had been dismissed. Attached, he says, was a certified report from the lab excluding Russell as having had sex with the girl who filed the complaint.

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