More than two years after Texas started to require all law enforcement agencies to tally up and submit all previously untested rape kits for testing, Dallas Police still have as many as 4,000 untested rape kits. But the department is now getting to work on the backlog, leading to new arrests. Six years after a woman was raped at knifepoint in east Oak Cliff, a suspect was arrested thanks to recently tested DNA, police said at the end of July. Dallas police say recently tested DNA led to the arrest of Joseph Beaty, 41, who is accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in east Oak Cliff six years ago. He is reported to be a suspect in at least five other rapes in the city. Of six sexual assaults, police say four were linked to Beaty “through DNA from rape kits that were tested as part of the department’s effort to clear its backlog of roughly 4,000 untested kits.” The Dallas Morning News reported that detectives identified Beaty, of Irving, as a suspect in two more sexual assaults that took place in 2014. In both of those cases, DNA evidence is not available because the victims didn’t undergo rape exams, stated in an arrest warrant affidavit. The Dallas Morning News quoted Police Maj. Jeff Cotner, who oversees violent crime investigations in the city. He said in the older cases, the rape kits weren’t tested at the outset because the victims had stopped working with police. In the past, police did not test kits in those types of cases. Now all kits are tested. Police say they hope other alleged victims will come forward to bring allegations against Beaty. “We’re not done yet,” Cotner said. “We plan on putting every case we can on him.” He said there are a number of reasons why the victims may have stopped working with police including being traumatized. Cotner also suggested detectives may not have questioned them with sensitivity. He contrasted the situation with today’s approach in which detectives’ partner with victim advocates and counselors to make victims feel more comfortable. Now police are able to go back to the victims and say, “Give us an opportunity to hold this person accountable for victimizing you as well,” Cotner said in the Dallas Morning News report. Beaty was arrested in 2014 in connection with an alleged rape in Arlington that occurred in 2013. A grand jury declined to indict him at that time. However, the arrest meant his DNA made it into a national database, allowing Dallas police to match him to their cases. The rape kit from an alleged attack at knifepoint in 2009 was untested until the Dallas Police Department’s sexual assault kit cold case initiative, which began last October. Some untested kits date to 1996. In September 2011, Texas followed Illinois’s lead by enacting legislation requiring its law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault evidence to a crime lab for analysis within 30 days of receipt. The law did not allocate funding for the process, leaving many law enforcement agencies struggled to cope with the workload. Last month the Dallas Morning News reported on how Dallas police are starting to get results back from testing a backlog of about 4,140 rape kits. Police expect an upsurge in new cases for the district attorney’s office to prosecute in the coming months. To accommodate an influx of 400 cold cases anticipated by the end of 2016, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk recently announced she has expanded her office’s sexual assault unit. She also wants to add a victim’s advocate if she can secure funding. Sexual offenses such as rape carry very high penalties. Due to complexities such as the use of DNA in cold cases, you should consult an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney, if you are charged with a sexual offense.

  More than two years after Texas started to require all law enforcement agencies to tally up and submit all previously untested rape kits for testing, Dallas Police still have as many as 4,000 untested rape kits. But the department is now getting to work on the backlog, leading to new arrests. Six years after a woman was raped at …

Sarah KleinMore than two years after Texas started to require all law enforcement agencies to tally up and submit all previously untested rape kits for testing, Dallas Police still have as many as 4,000 untested rape kits. But the department is now getting to work on the backlog, leading to new arrests. Six years after a woman was raped at knifepoint in east Oak Cliff, a suspect was arrested thanks to recently tested DNA, police said at the end of July. Dallas police say recently tested DNA led to the arrest of Joseph Beaty, 41, who is accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in east Oak Cliff six years ago. He is reported to be a suspect in at least five other rapes in the city. Of six sexual assaults, police say four were linked to Beaty “through DNA from rape kits that were tested as part of the department’s effort to clear its backlog of roughly 4,000 untested kits.” The Dallas Morning News reported that detectives identified Beaty, of Irving, as a suspect in two more sexual assaults that took place in 2014. In both of those cases, DNA evidence is not available because the victims didn’t undergo rape exams, stated in an arrest warrant affidavit. The Dallas Morning News quoted Police Maj. Jeff Cotner, who oversees violent crime investigations in the city. He said in the older cases, the rape kits weren’t tested at the outset because the victims had stopped working with police. In the past, police did not test kits in those types of cases. Now all kits are tested. Police say they hope other alleged victims will come forward to bring allegations against Beaty. “We’re not done yet,” Cotner said. “We plan on putting every case we can on him.” He said there are a number of reasons why the victims may have stopped working with police including being traumatized. Cotner also suggested detectives may not have questioned them with sensitivity. He contrasted the situation with today’s approach in which detectives’ partner with victim advocates and counselors to make victims feel more comfortable. Now police are able to go back to the victims and say, “Give us an opportunity to hold this person accountable for victimizing you as well,” Cotner said in the Dallas Morning News report. Beaty was arrested in 2014 in connection with an alleged rape in Arlington that occurred in 2013. A grand jury declined to indict him at that time. However, the arrest meant his DNA made it into a national database, allowing Dallas police to match him to their cases. The rape kit from an alleged attack at knifepoint in 2009 was untested until the Dallas Police Department’s sexual assault kit cold case initiative, which began last October. Some untested kits date to 1996. In September 2011, Texas followed Illinois’s lead by enacting legislation requiring its law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault evidence to a crime lab for analysis within 30 days of receipt. The law did not allocate funding for the process, leaving many law enforcement agencies struggled to cope with the workload. Last month the Dallas Morning News reported on how Dallas police are starting to get results back from testing a backlog of about 4,140 rape kits. Police expect an upsurge in new cases for the district attorney’s office to prosecute in the coming months. To accommodate an influx of 400 cold cases anticipated by the end of 2016, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk recently announced she has expanded her office’s sexual assault unit. She also wants to add a victim’s advocate if she can secure funding. Sexual offenses such as rape carry very high penalties. Due to complexities such as the use of DNA in cold cases, you should consult an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney, if you are charged with a sexual offense.
Dallas criminal defense lawyer John Helms Obtains Not Guilty Verdict

Dallas criminal defense lawyer John Helms Obtains Not Guilty Verdict

Hunt County, Texas Woman Found Not Guilty of Felony Deadly Conduct Dallas criminal defense lawyer John Helms has obtained a not guilty verdict for a woman accused of felony deadly conduct in Hunt County. Texas – A Hunt County jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all charges filed against a woman accused of felony deadly conduct. Prosecutors …

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Questions Linger Over the Death of Sandra Bland in a Texas Jail Cell

The deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers have dominated headlines nationally over the last 18 months. Texas has not been immune to cases like this. In the Dallas area, the death of a woman in a Waller County jail cell has sparked a protest in the city and elsewhere in the country. Sandra Bland was arrested …

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Woman from Irving Whose Three Kids Drowned in Pool is charged with Injury to a Child

A woman whose three children drowned in a swimming pool in Irving, Texas, has been charged with a criminal offense over the tragedy. The Dallas Morning News reported on how Patricia Allen posted $50,000 bond at the Irving City Jail, according to police. On July 10 the newspaper reported on how the mother was allegedly using her cellphone and failed …

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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Explain White Collar Crime

Although white-collar crimes are generally considered non-violent, “paper” crimes, they often carry harsh punishments. In 2010, the National Public Survey on White Collar Crimes reported that research conducted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National White Collar Crime Center found that about one in four households in the U.S. have been affected by crimes like identity theft, credit …

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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Weighs in Did War on Drugs Open Door to Unjust Disparities in Drug Sentencing Laws

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Weighs in: Did “War on Drugs” Open Door to Unjust Disparities in Drug Sentencing Laws

Texas criminal defense experts discuss factors concerning the impact the “war on drugs” has had on society. According to the Texas Department of Safety drug possession is one of the most common crimes individuals are convicted of in Texas state and federal courts. FBI crime statistics from 2012 show that possession arrests accounted for 82.2 percent of all drug arrests. …

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Texas Attorney General is Investigated over First-Degree Felony Claim

Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton could face first-degree felony charges after admitting a civil violation, according to reports. The Dallas Morning News has reported on how a special prosecutor is to ask a Collin County grand jury to indict Paxton on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law. The report quoted Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney, who said …

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Wrongly Convicted Man Who Spent 12 Years on Death Row in Texas is Appointed to Crime Lab Post

When people spend years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, it can break them. Even if they are exonerated, the loss of so many years can be hard to bear. But some former inmates who are exonerated go on to live meaningful lives and work to change the flawed system. One former death row inmate in Texas has been given …

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Charleston Killings Are Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

The killing of nine worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has focused national attention on hate crimes. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man who is accused of the killings was reported to have used racist abuse against the black worshippers. The Justice Department said an ongoing federal inquiry into the Charleston, S.C., shooting will consider possible hate crime violations and …

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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Improve Access to Online Legal Support With Website Redesign

The Texas based leading criminal defense law firm Broden Mickelsen Helms & Snipes has launched a redesigned website to provide more effective online support for those seeking criminal defense help. The Dallas criminal defense attorneys of Broden Mickelsen Helms & Snipes are announcing the launch of the firm’s redesigned website, which has been enhanced to provide a better experience for …

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