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DNA Test Backlog Allowed Rape Suspect to Run Free

A 16-year-old boy might have not been able to rape another victim if the Minnesota crime lab's DNA testing hadn't been backlogged.

Joshua Lamar Smith already had a sample of DNA waiting to be processed when he raped a 57-year-old woman in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Jan. 1, the Pioneer Press said.

Smith was charged Friday with the rape of the 57-year-old woman as well as another rape case that occurred in September, the Pioneer Press said.

If the DNA samples had been processed earlier, the police would have been able to build a case against Smith and arrested him before the second rape occurred.