Advertisement
Convicted serial rapist Cornelius Miller, 56, has been indicted on an additional rape charge following testing on thousands of old rape kits as part of Kentucky's initiative to clear the state's rape kit backlog. (Photo: Courtesy of Metro Corrections)

A Louisville man already convicted of four rapes and who is awaiting trial for two more has been charged with another rape – the first indictment to result from Kentucky’s efforts to clear its rape kit backlog.

"It's good to see that there are now results from this initiative," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kristi Gray, who is prosecuting the case and anticipates more to come.

Cornelius Miller, 56, is accused of offering the victim a ride on July 1, 2012, in the vicinity of 26th and Slevin streets. Instead of taking her to her intended destination, however, he is accused of taking her to a cemetery in the Cane Run Road area and raping her.

DNA evidence in the case was gathered, but never tested, becoming part of Kentucky’s rape kit backlog – a collection of more than 3,000 DNA samples that gathered dust on evidence shelves until this year.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, required an audit and testing of the state’s backlog.

When DNA from the 2012 cemetery rape was tested and then run through a national DNA database, it matched Miller’s, according to court records.

Read more.

Advertisement
Advertisement