DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – DNA that cleared two men in a 29-year-old sexual assault case is now being used to prosecute two other men.
The victim of the crimes, who does not want to be identified by name, is testifying against the new defendants almost three decades later.
From the stand, she recalled the night she was raped and shot back in 1983.
She says she was on her way to meet friends for dinner, when two men attacked her.
“I screamed very loud. One man hit me over the head with a gun. I fell to the ground. He pulled me up by my hair. And told me to unlock the car,” she testified.
She recounted how a driver found her on the side of the road near Overton and I-45.
“I was sobbing, and I asked them to help me, I had been kidnapped, raped and shot, and left to die.”
Marion Sayles is on trial for sex assault and attempted murder. Prosecutors say his DNA, and that of Frederick Anderson, matches samples preserved from the attack. Closing arguments are set for Thursday.
Last year, two other men, Raymond James and James Williams were exonerated, after the same DNA cleared them of this crime. They served almost three decades in prison connected to this case.
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