Court reinstates rape charges despite delay in indictment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated rape and kidnapping charges against a Cleveland man who argued that a long delay in indicting him was unconstitutional.

At issue was the 2013 indictment of Demetrius Jones for a 1993 rape based on evidence found when an old rape kit was tested.

Jones’ attorneys said investigators knew from the beginning that Jones was a suspect and closed the case after a limited investigation.

Prosecutors and advocacy groups for rape victims said a lower court’s dismissal of the charges created a legal precedent that could jeopardize thousands of unsolved rapes that are being reinvestigated thanks to improved DNA testing.

The high court ruled unanimously Wednesday to reinstate the charges and ordered an appeals court to reconsider Jones’ arguments using a different legal standard.