DNA Evidence Links 4 Of 7 Suspects In Richmond HS Gang Rape

MARTINEZ (AP) — Investigator have matched four of the seven suspects accused of gang-raping a Richmond High School student to DNA evidence found on and around the victim.

A Contra Costa County crime lab supervisor testified during the preliminary hearing Wednesday that investigators also collected DNA from at least four unidentified males.

Lab supervisor Dave Stockwell was the 19th witness to take the stand against the seven defendants charged with raping, beating and robbing the then-16-year-old girl.

Police said as many as 20 people watched the crime outside a 2009 homecoming dance.

Stockwell said the strongest DNA evidence is against the oldest defendant, 43-year-old John Crane. He was never identified by witnesses and only implicated through a cold hit in a DNA database.

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