On September 9th, 57-year-old Calvin Ray Kelly was charged in the rape of a woman in Kalamazoo at knifepoint, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Kelly was officially charged with one count each of attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Kelly is reportedly a truck driver out of Tennessee. He is also alleged to have committed rape in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Cold case sexual assault investigator Karen Fairley testified that the victim was raped three times in the span of one hour on April 9 of 2008. The rapes allegedly occurred inside a vehicle located south of Parkview Avenue on US-131. Kelly’s DNA was detected following a sexual assault kit performed on the woman after being entered into the national DNA database.
Fairley’s testimony also indicated that not only had Kelly been linked to other rapes in the three states mentioned above, but that he had been involved in a least nine other rapes going as far back as 1985. Prior to Kelly’s arrest this month, investigators had spent about two years digging into the case. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stated that, “Those who think a rape case will sit on a shelf, not on our watch.”
The charges pursued against the defendant are as a fourth-time habitual offender, which means he will face at least 25 year in prison if found guilty of first-degree CSC.
First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of sex-related criminal charges, and may result in a life prison term.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know that with ever-evolving technology such as DNA testing, defending those accused of rape is no easy task. However, it is vital that anyone accused of sexual assault or any sex crime consult with an experienced lawyer immediately, as DNA evidence alone is often not enough to secure a conviction. For example, if an alleged victim actually consented to sexual intercourse and later claimed rape, the DNA evidence will be there, even though the accused did not actually rape the victim.