DNA tests support 1980 rape verdict

Oklahoman Published: July 11, 2002
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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.

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