Decade-old rape case closed

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, TX -- A 10-year old Sherman rape case is finally closed. The victim says she's relieved that after a decade of questions, her attacker is now behind bars.

Back in July of 1997, a Sherman woman walked into the Sherman police department with her young son, badly beaten. She said a man she didn't know broke into her house, beat, and raped her. Police did not have a suspect, until six years later, when DNA evidence matched a man in prison for another crime.

This week Alex Qualls, Jr. plead guilty to aggravated sexual assault and received 25e years in prison. His DNA was already registered with a state database for a previous crime.

Investigators ran a sample from the crime scene, and his DNA was a match. He was serving a burglary sentence out of Grayson County. Prosecutors say DNA evidence helps prove a person's guilt or innocence beyond reasonable doubt, closing cases under investigation for years.

"That was a bad crime, and we're glad that we can use that technology to get justice after too many years," says Joe Brown, Grayson Co. District Attorney.

Brown says it's very rare to see rape cases where the attacker does not know the victim, like in this case. It’s just one more reason he's relieved the suspect has been convicted.


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