Testimony: DNA samples in Ross, Hopewell rape case match defendant Henderson
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DNA samples taken from the three women police accused Arthur Henderson of raping in Hopewell and Ross last year match the defendant to an astronomical statistical degree, according to testimony in the trial this morning.
For a sample taken from a Hopewell woman to match any other black male, the odds are one in 8 quintillion, according to the testimony.
The odds are one in 1 quintillion that the sample taken from a woman who lived at the Woodhock Apartments in Ross came from any other black male, according to the testimony.
And one in 8 quintillion are the odds a sample taken from a woman living at the Cascade Apartments could match any other black male, according to the testimony.
On cross examination, Henderson, serving as his own attorney, asked the DNA experts about the limitations of DNA testing in a rape case.
"Does collection of DNA show whether sex is consensual?" he asked.
No, the experts replied. It does not.
The prosecution rested its case this morning and Henderson's defense has begun. Defense witnesses are expected to include doctors who performed rape exams on the women and other investigators.
Today will mark the fourth day of trial for Henderson, 39, who is charged with multiple counts of rape, robbery, assault and unlawful restraint.
He is representing himself against accusations that he raped the three women on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9, 2012.
First Published February 8, 2013 11:05 am