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DNA matches Texas inmate in Houston cold cases

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:30 am

HOUSTON — An analysis of Houston police sexual assault kits, which at one time went years without being tested, resulted in DNA evidence that implicated a prison inmate in multiple assaults dating to 1992, police officials said. 

Texas prison system records show 43-year-old Herman Ray Whitfield on Wednesday was in the Byrd Unit in Huntsville, serving time for kidnapping.

Police announced Tuesday that Whitfield was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The outcome came as part of DNA evidence testing on an extensive backlog of police sexual assault kits.

The attacks happened from 1992 to 1994, and again from 2006 to 2009, in bushes, on trails and at vacant properties, authorities said, adding that they believe others were attacked.

Whitfield was convicted of kidnapping in 1995, paroled in 2006 and returned to prison in 2009 for a parole violation. Online prison records don’t list an attorney for him.

“He was very violent in his assaults,” Sgt. John Colburn said of the 6-foot-3 Whitfield. “He choked his victims and would display a weapon or let them know he had one.”

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