Prosecutors trail of theories about defendant’s guilt in this case ranged from guilt to innocence over a 30 year period.
In late 2011, Jackson County prosecutors working through cold cases sought testing for a very different reason: to find Nelson’s accomplice. A few months later, as prosecutors were nearly finished with their testing, a judge approved Nelson’s newest request.
Semen and hair evidence, carefully preserved since the December 1983 home invasion rape and robbery of a 24-year-old Kansas City woman, linked two other men — not Nelson — to the crime.
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