DNA Evidence In Columbia Student Rape

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts.

Yesterday, the ex-con accused of raping, torturing and setting fire to a Columbia Graduate School of Journalism student on April 13th was indicted on attempted murder, rape and other charges. Now, prosecutors say they have DNA evidence linking Robert Williams, 30, to the victim, 23, thanks to valuable information she provided: that her attacker wore her T-shirt during the 19-hour ordeal. Authorities were able to recover it, and found a DNA sample that matched what Williams had spit into a trashcan during questioning. Williams pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if convicted.