Defendant Lester Tolliver, 55, is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $500,000 bond.
The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2003, at her residence off of Getwell Road just north of Knight Arnold Road when she heard someone turning the door knob trying to gain entry. She ran to the back door trying to flee, but the suspect was standing there, forced her back inside and locked the door.
The suspect then took her to the bedroom where he raped her.
Forensic evidence was collected in a sexual assault kit, but it was not tested until years later. The evidence kit was sent to a technology lab for testing in December of 2014, a male DNA profile was developed and forwarded to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for entry into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) data base.
In September of 2015 Tolliver was identified as the DNA contributor to the evidence collected in the victim’s sexual assault kit. In March of this year, investigators met with the victim who identified Tolliver in a six-person photographic lineup.
Tolliver was convicted of attempted rape in 1995, and now has five pending aggravated rape cases dating to 2003 and one pending rape case.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Dru Carpenter of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.