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DNA evidence links Missouri inmate to 1986 rape on Troost Avenue

Updated: 2013-04-09T01:25:05Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a Missouri inmate with rape and robbery in connection with an unsolved 1986 attack.

Kansas City cold-case detectives linked DNA from the 25-year-old victim’s clothing to George J. Freeman Jr., 42, who was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

Freeman later was linked to a different rape, certified to stand trial as an adult and sentenced to prison. He served about 11 years and was paroled in 1999. The next year, he was sent back to prison, convicted of robbery and kidnapping. In June, he stabbed another inmate, police and corrections officials said.

Freeman was set to be released from prison in 2016, but a conviction in this case could keep him behind bars longer, police said.

The current charges allege that he snatched a woman off the street on Aug. 6, 1986, and forced her at knifepoint into a backyard in the 2200 block of Troost Avenue, where he raped her and stole $11 from her.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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