A man who served time for sex crimes now faces murder charges in a decades-old homicide. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man, now 65, for a murder that took place in 1980.
According to police, advances in DNA technology, and what they termed as a “series of coincidences” led police to the suspect. Although the case had gone cold, detectives periodically reviewed it.
Law enforcement officials had previously collected the suspect’s DNA following a 1981 arrest for a sexual assault. Although the charges were dropped in that case, he was subsequently arrested and convicted for a different rape. He served more than eight years in prison for that conviction. Following his release, he married and began working in construction. Police arrested the suspect, who lives in San Pedro, at his home.
Investigators say they do not have the evidence to prove that the murder victim was sexually assaulted, but they have the suspect’s DNA on evidence left on the victim’s body. The victim, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was 20 years old. Her nearly nude body was discovered on a beach the day after her husband reported her missing.
San Pedro sex crimes lawyer
With the advent of DNA, the police handle sex crimes very differently than they may have in the past. When you are accused of a sexual assault or related crime, your first move should be to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom criminal defense experience, and takes sex offense cases in Los Angeles County.
Many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sexual assault cases. Either they’re not comfortable defending a person accused of these crimes, or they don’t want to confront the victim. Mr. Helfend takes sexual offense cases, and defends his clients aggressively in court.
Don’t rely on an attorney who doesn’t really want to defend you. Don’t choose an attorney who won’t fight aggressively on your behalf. Work with an attorney who wants to defend you, regardless of what you’ve been accused of.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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