“It takes unimaginable braveness for a survivor to relive what is commonly essentially the most traumatic occasion in her life. And we owe it to them to observe by means of and we owe it to them to seek out justice,” Torrez mentioned.
A lady mentioned he broke into her northeast Albuquerque condominium, held her at knifepoint whereas he assaulted her, after which made her bathe instantly following the crime.
Duran had already been convicted of rape in 1979 and 1989. He served six months every time.
Prosecutors’ timeline reveals he dedicated one other sexual assault when he was out awaiting trial for the 1989 crime. In addition they consider he dedicated six extra assaults when he was out on probation from the 1989 conviction.
“When that occurred, the science of DNA was not even round, if it was in its infancy, it definitely wasn’t being usually utilized by regulation enforcement,” Torrez mentioned.
However that has modified. Particular brokers used household tree DNA databases to attempt to discover relations of the unknown DNA taken from the sufferer’s physique again in 1997.
“Normally forensic family tree will slender the vary of suspects to a selected individual or group of people inside a household line after which it comes again to our workplace to then conduct further investigative work,” Torrez mentioned.
On this case, regulation enforcement collected a used fork of Duran’s from an Albuquerque restaurant. The DNA from it matched the proof from 24 years earlier.
“We’re nonetheless not performed. We now have a number of work to do with regard to the opposite seven people, the opposite seven survivors,” Torrez mentioned.
The 1997 sufferer’s sexual assault package was one among 1000’s that sat, untested, within the state crime lab for years.
A federal grant in 2016 allowed the state to clear that backlog, however that is removed from the tip of the method.
“We all the time knew after we began this that there was gonna be a sequence of backlogs. So we have examined the kits on the crime lab – that backlog is solved. However now the backlog has moved to regulation enforcement, the investigation. In time, the backlog will likely be on the courts,” mentioned Connie Monahan, the chief director of Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Collaborative.
It is a problem they’re all keen to sort out.
“We’re simply getting began, we have not forgotten you, and we’re not gonna cease till we discover justice for everybody,” Torrez mentioned.
The DA’s workplace mentioned forensic family tree helps remedy 11 different unsolved circumstances in Bernalillo County.
The identical federal grant that allowed the state to clear the sexual assault package backlog has allowed the DA’s workplace to rent an investigator, and some advocates and prosecutors to cope with the unsolved circumstances.