TULSA - DNA testing in a rape case more than 20 years old has provided further evidence against an imprisoned man convicted of raping a nun, prosecutors said.
The test, which compared Robert Eugene King's DNA with stains on the nun's clothing, showed "no inconsistencies" between the specimens, officials said.
"I think we've got the final answer," said Tim Harris, Tulsa County district attorney.
King, 47, is serving a prison term of 1,700 years.
He has a 350-year term for arson, then consecutive terms of 500 years for first-degree rape, 500 years for assault and battery with intent to kill and 350 years for robbery, records show.
He was convicted of four felonies at a 1980 trial.
A Catholic nun who was returning from a Dec. 18, 1979, Christmas music program was attacked in her home, raped and dragged from room to room by an assailant who was searching for money. Her hands were tied behind her back, and a rag was tied around her mouth to muffle her screams. She was clubbed with a lamp, her ankles were tied and she was choked.
The intruder set the house on fire and threw her into a heap of burning clothing.
She managed to draw herself toward a door, where rescuers heard her screams for help. The woman, then 51, identified King as her attacker.
District Judge Tom Gillert last month ordered King's lawyer, Mark Barrett of Norman, to file the DNA results in court. Barrett appealed that ruling to the state Court of Criminal Appeals.
The appeals court denied his plea for relief Monday.
Barrett claimed there was no legal authority to require him to provide the DNA test results to prosecutors and that he had an "ethical obligation" to keep such information confidential.
The district attorney said the nun, who lives in Wisconsin, would be informed of the DNA results.Archive ID: 1038087