DNA links inmate to rape of 14-year-old in 1985

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — DNA has linked a Missouri inmate serving 30 years in prison for sodomy and forcible rape to the rape of a 14-year-old Kansas City girl 29 years ago.

The Jackson County prosecutor’s office says 56-year-old Melvin Conley was charged earlier this month with first-degree assault and two counts of rape with a weapon. The charges were unsealed late last week.

The victim told police that she had left a friend’s house around 10 p.m. on July 5, 1985, when someone grabbed her from behind and told her to be quiet or be killed.

Prosecutors say the girl was raped twice. Evidence collected from the victim was tested and linked by DNA to Conley.

Online prison records show Conley is being held at the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.

 

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