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DNA sample matches rape suspect

September 13, 2018

A forensic biologist testified Wednesday that DNA taken from a disabled woman who told police she was raped in April could tie the alleged attacker to the crime.

Jared L. Haynes, 48, is charged with raping the woman and gave a DNA sample to investigators after he was arrested.

Melissa Meyers, a forensic biologist with the Indiana State Police laboratory in Indianapolis, told jurors during his trial that evidence taken from the victim is consistent with DNA provided by Haynes.

Deputy Prosecutors Tom Chaille and Tesa Helge rested their case Wednesday, and the trial is expected to resume today in Allen County Superior Court.

Haynes visited the woman’s family about 7 p.m. April 9 and asked whether he could take her with him to a gas station, a probable cause affidavit alleges. He didn’t answer his phone when the woman’s legal guardian called after becoming concerned when the two didn’t return right away, police said.

Haynes dropped the woman off about three hours later and sped off, according to court documents. The alleged victim told the guardian he tied her hands with string, pulled down her pants and hit her in the face, the affidavit states.

He allegedly threatened to shoot her, court documents say.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors presented evidence including string and shoelaces and two machetes taken from inside his blue Chevy pickup. The gun : a realistic-looking silver BB or pellet gun : was also presented.

When detectives interviewed Haynes, he allegedly told them he picked the woman up from her home and went to Walmart. He said they had consensual sex in a Fort Wayne park but that he never forced her or showed the weapon, court documents state.

mleblanc@jg.net

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