Sib­ling DNA twist in se­rial rape trial

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD -

Colorado Springs – A judge says a US Army of­fi­cer linked by DNA to a string of sex­ual as­saults on young girls will be al­lowed to blame his twin brother at trial.

The judge ruled on Fri­day it would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to bar Aaron Lu­cas’s lawyers from pre­sent­ing his iden­ti­cal twin as an al­ter­nate sus­pect given the sib­lings’ shared DNA, ac­cord­ing to the

Karen Stein­hauser, a crim­i­nal de­fence at­tor­ney and ad­junct law pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Den­ver, told The As­so­ci­ated Press such an ar­gu­ment is rare.

“I have never seen it, ever,” she said. “The only time I have seen it was on

In an Oc­to­ber 22 court fi ling, Lu­cas’s lawyers said investigators picked the wrong sib­ling af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a DNA link to an un­solved at­tack on a young girl in Alabama in 2007 and another in Texas in 2009.

Lu­cas has de­nied lur­ing or try­ing to lure 11 girls into his ve­hi­cle in Colorado be­tween 2009 and 2012. His lawyers have said the Alabama and Texas cases in­volve his twin brother, Brian Fred­er­ick Lu­cas, who the de­fence says has lived in both states.

Brian Lu­cas, who has not been charged in any of the cases, he has de­nied in­volve­ment in the al­leged crimes.

Investigators say a DNA test linked Aaron Lu­cas to the ab­duc­tion of an 8-year-old girl in Colorado and that he matched bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­rial re­cov­ered in the Alabama and Texas cases.

Lu­cas is sched­uled to ap­pear in a Colorado court on Novem­ber 26. –

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