A Criminal Court jury returned the verdict late Friday against David Hugo Johnson who was serving prison time in Oklahoma on a burglary charge when a DNA sample linked him to the rape of a 33-year-old Memphis woman on Feb. 14, 2000, in southwest Memphis.
Johnson, 43, faces 15 to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced next month by Judge Lee Coffee.
The victim, then 33, told police that she was awakened by the sound of a man raising her bedroom window and climbing inside. She said the man threatened to kill her, put a knife to her throat and then cut her undergarments and raped her.
Forensic evidence was collected in a sexual assault kit, but it was not tested until years later. In July of 2012 the kit was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing and a male DNA profile was developed and uploaded into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) where it was continuously searched for a match.
In March of 2015 a John Doe indictment listing the DNA profile was obtained to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring on the case. A CODIS match later that year identified Johnson as the owner of the DNA profile developed in the case.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Dru Carpenter and Cavett Ostner 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.