DNA links inmate to '80 rape

CRIME WATCH

July 22, 2008

A 48-year-old man serving a prison term for a rape six years ago in Baltimore County has been linked to a 1980 rape through DNA testing, county police said yesterday.

Edward Leon Medley has been charged with raping a 44-year-old woman Oct. 11, 1980, in the first block of Kittridge Court in Randallstown. An intruder broke into the woman's home about 4 a.m., held a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her, police said.

No suspect was identified until the Police Department's forensic services section connected the 2002 rape of a woman in her home in the Lochearn area to the 1980 case through a DNA match, police said..

Police have charged Medley with two counts of first-degree rape, attempted first-degree rape and first-degree assault. Medley remains at the Roxbury Correctional Institute in Hagerstown, where he was sent after being convicted in 2004 of first-degree rape in the Lochearn incident.

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