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Man accused of rape denied second trial

Posted on September 29th, 2010 No Comments

Today, a Houston man charged with rape was denied a second trial despite issues with DNA evidence testing.  Charges involved the man kidnapping a 6-year old boy and raping him in February 2001.

Last year, 51-year old Lawrence J. Napper won the  chance at a new trial from the recommendation of Harris County state district Judge Jeannine Barr after workers at Houston Police Department’s crime lab destroyed DNA evidence taken from Napper after testing.  According to today’s ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, “All of the evidence shows a very strong case against applicant, even when criticisms of the HPD Crime Lab’s conduct are taken into account”.

Napper’s lawyer stated, “Judge Barr, who knows most about the case recommended he get a new trial…We are very disappointed the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overruled Judge Barr’s recommendation, and we’re going to pursue this in federal court”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact the Houston sex crimes defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.