OMAHA, Neb. — Authorities say a state-required DNA test for a Nebraska prison inmate links him to four rapes reported more than 10 years ago in Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2s6X74i ) that Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says he intends to charge Brandon Weathers with rapes committed in 2002 and 2004. Weathers already is serving 100 to 160 years for raping a 13-year-old child.

The World-Herald reported in April that more than 70 inmates had refused to provide DNA samples as required by state law. A June 5 court order gave officials authority to use force to obtain Weathers’ sample if he again refused. He did, so guards held him down and took a sample from a cheek.

Authorities say the Nebraska State Patrol lab connected the sample to the four cases.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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