Friday, March 21, 2014


 DNA Evidence in Similar Case Crucial Link to Solving Crime


Atlanta– A previously convicted felon has been convicted once more in connection with a seven year old ‘cold’ case death and assault of an Atlanta woman. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday against 33-year-old David Hinkle on charges of rape and aggravated assault but failed to convict on murder charges against the defendant.

On August 28, 2006, the partially nude body of the victim was discovered next to a building in an industrial area on Humphries Street in Southwest Atlanta. The victim had been strangled. Detectives gathered DNA evidence from the scene which was a positive match to DNA evidence collected from another rape victim who was attacked less than two miles away from the crime scene earlier that year. While that rape victim survived, she was unable to identify her attacker.  With no leads, and no suspect the cases turned cold.

In 2009, detectives got a fresh lead with the arrest of David Hinkle on separate charges. Once his DNA was placed into a database, it was a positive match to the DNA evidence recovered from the murder victim and the rape victim. Hinkle was indicted in December of 2013.

Hinkle is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk who presided over the case. He faces a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of life plus 20 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Lance Cross with assistance from ADA Rodney Atreopersaud and DA Investigator Terence Wise. Detective Brett Zimbrick of the Atlanta Police Department led both the initial and cold case investigations.

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