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Man, 33, gets life for the cold-case rape of woman who was strangled to death

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A 33-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the cold-case rape of a woman who was strangled and her partially nude body left beside a building in southwest Atlanta in 2006.

A Fulton County jury convicted Mr. David Hinkle of rape and aggravated assault, but they hung on murder charges last Friday, the district attorney’s office announced Thursday.

On August 28, 2006, the partially nude body of the victim was discovered next to a building in an industrial area on Humphries Street, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Jones said.

The woman had been strangled, prosecutors said.

At the scene detectives gathered DNA evidence, which matched DNA evidence collected from another rape victim who was attacked less than two miles away earlier that year, Ms. Jones said.

“While that rape victim survived, she was unable to identify her attacker,” Ms. Jones said. “With no leads and no suspect, the cases turned cold.”

In 2009, detectives got a fresh lead when Mr. Hinkle was arrested for charges unrelated to the woman’s murder, prosecutors said.

“Once his DNA was placed into a database, it matched the DNA evidence recovered from the murder victim and the rape victim,” Ms. Jones said. Mr. Hinkle was indicted in December of 2013, she said.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Mr. Henry Newkirk gave Mr. Hinkle the maximum sentence of life plus 20 years in prison, Ms. Jones said.

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