He did not use a condom so investigators were able to retrieve DNA evidence.
But that evidence was one of the kits stored at Grady and never collected by law enforcement.
Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) shakes hands after the House passed the rape kit legislation he pushed in 2016 . Ben Gray / email@example.com
Following the AJC's report, the state Legislature responded by passing "The Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act," which required law enforcement officials to collect rape kits from hospitals within 96 hours of the tests. It also required law enforcement agencies to send to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation any stored rape kits so the evidence could be analyzed.
“I expected we would find serial rapists and I think there are likely others that will be identified,” said Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, a sponsor of the legislation.
“The victims are finally getting the justice that they deserved a decade ago and this shows that the testing of the backlog was absolutely necessary and that it’s making a difference.”
In addition to the kits from Grady, another 2,476 old rape kits had to be tested.
The GBI's Division of Forensic Science is expected to clear out the old rape kits by the first of next year, freeing it to then concentrate on new criminal cases coming in for analysis.