Court reinstates rape charges despite DNA testing delay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated rape and kidnapping charges against a Cleveland man who argued a long delay in indicting him was unconstitutional.

At issue was the 2013 indictment of Demetrius Jones for a 1993 rape based on evidence found when an old rape kit was tested.

Jones’ attorneys said investigators knew from the beginning that Jones was a suspect and closed the case after a limited investigation.

Prosecutors and advocacy groups for rape victims said a lower court’s dismissal of the charges created a legal precedent that could jeopardize thousands of unsolved rapes that are being re-investigated thanks to improved DNA testing.

The high court ruled unanimously Wednesday to reinstate the charges and ordered an appeals court to reconsider Jones’ arguments using a different legal standard.