Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Jury finds 'Wooded Rapist' suspect guilty on all three counts
Tennessean Jury finds Robert Jason Burdick guilty on all three counts, two counts of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated burglary. The Wooded Rapist suspect will be sentenced on June 10. Burdick is facing up to 56 years. Come back to Tennessean.com for more. REPORTED EARLIER The jury is deliberating in the rape case against Robert Jason Burdick, accused of being the "Wooded Rapist" whose committed more than a dozen rapes across Middle Tennessee since 1994. The judge gave the jury the case about 12:15 p.m. after a two-day trial. In closing arguments today, Burdick's defense attorney, Fletcher Long, said the state's case was based purely on DNA, and that science and the people who use it are not infallible. "This man does not have to prove himself innocent or guilty," Long said. "The state has to prove him guilty... this case is a DNA case and that's all they've got." Prosecutors told the jury that the attacker came close to committing a perfect crime and getting away with it. A DNA expert testified that swabs from the victim's mouth and other parts of her body that matched Burdick's. "He couldn't keep his tongue in his mouth and he was too antsy to get away," prosecutor Dan Hamm said. "The combination of that was deadly to Mr. Burdick." Burdick is facing up to 56 years for two counts of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated burglary. He's charged in 11 other rapes throughout Middle Tennessee.
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