“I was in shock,” Hargitay said. “I was outraged, and I just assumed that kits were tested.”
“Twice women were violated, once by the rape and second by the justice was put in a box; put on a shelf. That’s going to end now,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette.
A 29-year-old man has been charged after authorities test evidence from old rape kits pulled in 2009 from a Detroit police storage facility.
Testing rape cases remains a thorn in Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s side.
Michigan State Police hope to solve rapes in Metro Detroit more quickly when they open a lab to handle rape kits this summer.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office is into the second phase of a federally funded project focused on untested rape kits discovered in the former Detroit Police crime lab.
More than 1,000 once-forgotten rape kits that were part of a trove found in a Detroit police property storage facility are expected to be reviewed and possibly tested for DNA in crimes dating to the 1980s.