Nearly 25 years after the woman was raped in her Friendship apartment, she took the stand to testify against the man police believe attacked her.
Michael Lipinski, 43, is charged with rape, burglary and robbery related to the attack March 17, 1989, in her Roup Street apartment.
He was charged in November after cold case detectives from the Pittsburgh police asked to have evidence collected from the victim's rape exam at Magee-Womens Hospital run through the national FBI Combined DNA Index System.
It matched DNA collected from Lipinski, who is already serving 90 to 180 years in prison for three separate attacks between 1998 and 2005 in which he assaulted girls aged 3, 9 and 17.
During the trial Tuesday before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, the victim told the jury about the night she was attacked.
The then-34-year-old woman had been living in her apartment only about seven months when she heard a noise as she slept.
"I realized it was much closer," she said. "When I woke up there was a person right next to my bed.
"I started to scream and roll away but got caught in the covers. He said, 'Stop screaming or I'll kill you.' "
The man chastised her for leaving her blinds open as she read before bed.
Then, prosecutors allege, Lipinski calmly bound the woman's hands, taped her eyes closed, ripped her nightgown off and began kissing her.
He forced oral sex and then raped her, at one point asking for Vaseline.
"Every once in a while, I asked him again if he was going to kill me," she testified. "I don't remember how or why, I just know it stopped.
"I was very frightened because now that he was finished, he would kill me."
But instead, she testified that the man whose face she never saw, asked where she kept her jewelry and rummaged through the drawers of her bedroom furniture.
"I said, 'Are you going to kill me?' And he said, 'No, you were a good girl.' "
The attacker untied her hands and removed the tape from her eyes. He instructed her to not call the police because he'd be waiting outside, and if she did, he'd kill her.
And then he left.
During his opening statement, assistant district attorney Kevin Chernosky said the likelihood that the DNA collected from the victim belonged to someone else is 1 in 740 quintillion.
But defense attorney Richard Narvin said that no one can identify his client as the attacker.
"Nobody knows who was in the room that night through the traditional means of identification," he said. "I concede that what happened to that woman 24 years ago is among the worst things that can happen to anyone.
"But you can't use the severity of the action as reason to convict."
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