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DNA proves man committed rape

August 3, 2004

Valdosta - Seventeen years after a South Georgia woman was raped, DNA testing proves the right man is behind bars.

In 1987, 37-year-old Joseph Lee Brown was sent to prison for breaking into a Lowndes County woman's home and raping her at knife point. A state law that went into effect last year allows DNA testing if the defendant's identity is in question. Brown agreed to the testing and said it would show his innocence, but the results proved him wrong.

"I suppose that the defendant was hoping for an inconclusive test because he knew it wasn't going to come back and say it wasn't him, there's no way they were going to say he was eliminated, the best he could hope for would be an inconclusive test and then get the judge to give him a new trial after spending all that time in prison," said District Attorney David Miller.

Joseph Lee Brown is serving life in prison.

posted at 5:20 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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