Indictment moved for man linked to DNA crimes | Washington News

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The 47-year-old man charged with a series of home invasions and sexual assaults that occurred nearly two decades ago has appeared in Whitman County Superior Court for his indictment. prosecution on Friday morning, where his lawyer asked for more time to review the case.

Kenneth Downing of Elk, Washington was arrested last week by the Spokane Police Department at the request of the Pullman Police Department. They had used DNA evidence collected during the crimes that occurred in 2003 and 2004 to identify a connection to Downing, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported.

Downing was charged with four counts of first-degree rape, one count of indecent liberty, two counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of sexually motivated unlawful imprisonment, all felonies. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

In his first court appearance on March 18, Judge Gary Libey posted $5 million bond or $500,000 cash bond and named public defender Steve Martonick to represent him.

On Friday, Martonick asked Libey for more time to review the 13 charges against his client before the arraignment. The arraignment is now scheduled for April 1.

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