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Cold Case Rape Trial Day 2

The trial a man charged with raping an Asheville woman over 10 years ago continued Wednesday.  But because of the Asheville Police evidence room scandal, the case and evidence against him might be compromised.

Andrew Davis was arrested on burglary charges in Tulsa, OK in 2010.  His DNA was collected and later matched to DNA left behind in the 2001 Asheville rape.  

But Davis' public defender argued the evidence against him is compromised because of problems at APD.  A recent audit found missing drugs, guns, and cash.  And a former evidence room technician recently admitted in federal court to stealing from pieces of evidence.  

Prosecutors said the evidence against Davis is in tact and presented witnesses in an attempt to back that up.  But a judge halted the trial Wednesday afternoon when a new piece of evidence was discovered in a white envelop.  

Davis is also charged with kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com

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