Friday, August 14, 2009

DNA clears man in rape, kidnap case

As is turns out, the accuser was Joe's ex wife. The only question now is, why isn't she named?

Man freed after DNA evidence doesn't match.

DNA evidence has cleared a Coos Bay man of all culpability in a rape and kidnapping case involving a North Bend woman.

The Coos County District Attorney’s Office clear 32-year-old Joe G. Rudder of all charges Wednesday in the April incident. He’d originally faced charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sexual abuse and menacing.

Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said he filed a motion for dismissal on the charges after receiving a DNA report Tuesday from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab in Portland.

“The DNA did not identify Mr. Rudder,” Frasier said. “Based on what I have right now, there is insufficient evidence to proceed.”

The report did show that the DNA came from three unidentified men.

North Bend police arrested Rudder on April 30, following a report the day before from a North Bend woman who said she’s been raped near Ferry Road in North Bend. She told police she knew the suspect.

Rudder had been arraigned and was set to appear in court for a plea-change hearing on July 13 before the DA dismissed the charges based on insufficient evidence.