A 38-year-old woman on Monday described in detail how she was attacked and raped nearly 14 years ago.
"I woke up with a person on top of me. I was screaming," she said. "The person started hitting me to get me to stop screaming."
The woman's testimony came as trial got under way Monday for a 39-year-old Sacramento, Calif., man accused of raping several women near the KU campus in the mid-1990s.
The man is charged with four counts of rape and three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy involving two separate victims.
Prosecutors couldn't charge the man in a third attack because the statute of limitations had run out.
The suspect was identified more than a decade after the crimes occurred through a DNA hit in a national crime database.
Prosecutors said during opening statements that the chance of someone else having the same genetic profile as the suspect is one in 122 quadrillion.
"What he left behind is what's important," Assistant District Attorney Amy McGowan told jurors. "DNA evidence will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (the defendant) is a rapist."
Defense Attorney Jim Rumsey plans to argue that the DNA samples were contaminated at the KBI lab.
The Journal-World typically does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.
Testimony in the case resumes this morning.