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Accused serial rapist linked to 8 metro Atlanta cold cases captured
Jason Braverman, 11 Alive, Mar 4, 2020
District Attorney Sherry Boston said the alleged rapist, 58-year-old Wesley Cooley, is linked to eight cold cases over nearly two decades. Cooley was identified through the efforts of the sexual assault task force. Five of the sexual assaults took place in DeKalb County.

A man has been sentenced to 12 life sentences for a dozen Atlanta rapes
Everett Catts, The Neighbor, Mar 3, 2020
A man who sexually assaulted a dozen women has been sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Dozens of lawyers volunteer to help prosecute rape kit backlog cases
Brittany Bade, KRQE, Mar 3, 2020
The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office is rolling out a new initiative to prevent another devastating and dangerous backlog in the court system.

New data released from Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
NBC 15, Feb 20, 2020
As of February 20, 2020 Wiscon DOJ's SAKI initiative has tested 4,472 sexual assault kits, added 1,038 sexual assault kits to CODIS, reviewed 1,406 cases, referred 40 cases for a charging decision, and total of 12 criminal cases have been filed.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training Aims to Educate, Ease Backlogs
Timothy Despain, Alaska Native News, Feb 18, 2020
Alaska SAKI completed a statewide training. Colonel Bryan Barlow of the Alaska State Troopers stated, “We owe it to the survivors of these crimes to investigate and follow through on all reported sexual assaults. The SAKI best practices classes are critical to closing the loop on justice and providing closure to survivors across Alaska.”

APD: Man arrested after DNA links him to two cold cases
Christina Rodriguez, KOB 4, Feb 14, 2020
DNA evidence from previously unsubmitted SAK leads to arrest of offender in two rapes, 1 that occured in Albuquerque in 1997 and 1 that occured in Mountain View, CA in 2004.

Eric Hill indicted for rape of Texas man beneath Treme overpass
Orleans Parish District Attorney, Feb 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans felon identified through DNA results with the rape of a Texas man beneath a Treme freeway overpass in May 2017.

Mobile County DA gets first conviction in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
Lindsay Bullard, NBC 15, Feb 12, 2020
A jury found a man guilty Wednesday of the 1997 rape and sodomy of a Mobile County woman.This is the Mobile County District Attorney's Office's first conviction in a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative case, according to a tweet from the D.A.'s official page.

Parker Padgett, KTTS 94.7, Feb 11, 2020
Missouri Attorney General's office sends second batch of previously untested SAKs off to private laboratory for testing.

Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault of a Child After Backlogged Kit Tested
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Feb 4, 2020
Attorney General Josh Kaul today announced that Rock County Judge Karl R. Hanson accepted Jason A. Smith’s Guilty by No Contest plea for two counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child that occurred in July of 2000. The victim’s sexual assault kit was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in 2018. This is the fourth conviction to result from the testing of backlogged sexual assault kits in Wisconsin.

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