DNA testing ordered in 40-year-old Omaha rape case

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of rape nearly four decades ago should be allowed to seek new DNA testing, upholding an earlier Nebraska Court of Appeals ruling.

Juneal Pratt is serving 32 to 90 years for the rape, sexual assault and robbery of two Iowa sisters at an Omaha motel in 1975.

The 58-year-old Pratt has maintained his innocence and has sought DNA testing of evidence in the case for years. In 2011, a Douglas County District judge denied his request to allow DNA testing of the victims' clothes, saying they were not stored in a way that preserved the integrity of the DNA.

Last year, the Nebraska Court of Appeals overruled Bowie, and on Friday, the state's high court upheld that ruling.

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