NorCal rapist faces life in jail for a string of attacks dating back to 1991 after California prosecutors used the same DNA websites that helped bring the Golden State killer to justice two years ago
A man once nicknamed the NorCal Rapist has been convicted of raping nine women in their homes between 1991 and 2006 after investigators used DNA technology to identify him.
A jury in Sacramento found Roy Charles Waller, 60, guilty on all 46 counts on Wednesday after two and a half hours of deliberations a day earlier.
萨克拉门托的一个陪审团在一天前经过两个半小时的商议后，于周三裁定60岁的罗伊·查尔斯·沃勒(Roy Charles Waller)所有46项指控均有罪。
Waller was eventually found using the same DNA and genealogy websites that helped solve the Golden State Killer case in 2018.
He showed no emotion and looked down at the defendant's table when the jury's decision was read, theSacramento Bee reported.
He faces life in prisonwhen he is sentenced on December 18.
Waller raped women in six Northern California counties, from Sacramento to Chico, during his 15-year crime spree.
Sometimes he would kidnap the women and force them to withdraw money from ATMs and steal their personal items.
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn described the crimes as 'horrific,' saying the victims were terrorized for hours at a time.
Prosecutors said they used the same DNA and genealogy websites to zero in on Waller that they used to arrest former police officer Joseph DeAngelo in the Golden State Killer case.
The controversial new method compares DNA found at crime scenes to public databases.
In the case of the Golden State Killer, his son's DNA had been sent to a genealogy website and was a partial match, enabling detectives to narrow their search.
The method has breathed new life into cold cases worldwide but has also raised questions about whether it's ethical to use DNA from genealogy sites in this way.
DeAngelo pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges stemming from crimes spanning the 1970s and 1980s.He was sentenced in August to multiple life terms.
Prosecutors credited the DNA evidence with ensuring Waller's conviction.
'DNA technology is the greatest tool given to the justice system to exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty,' Sacramento County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi said in a statement.
'Law enforcement officers and detectives involved in the investigation never stopped searching for the truth.'
Juror Number 7 told reporters that the DNA evidence made deciding the case much easier, saying: 'We all knew it was a slam dunk case.'
They added that Waller's own testimony was especially damaging because he could not explain how his DNA had been found at the crime scenes, the Sacramento Beereported.
'That really hurt him,' the juror said. 'Your DNA can’t show up at every rape case if you’re innocent - and DNA don't lie.'
At least two of Waller's victims had been present in court during the trial and spoke to media.
Nicole Earnest-Payte, Waller's first known victim, who was attacked inside her Rohnert Park home in 1991, said she felt'amazing' after a 29-year wait for justice, the Sacramento Bee reported.
'A lot of work went into solving this case,' Earnest-Payte said, adding that she was 'grateful to all involved.'
'It's a good day'.
NBC reported that Theresa Lane said it was gratifying to watch Waller as the guilty verdicts were read out.
'I just feel like there's some things that will never go away,' she said of her 1992 attack in Vallejo. 'But he's going away.'
Waller was arrested in September 2018 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for 25 years as a safety specialist in the office of environment, health and safety.
沃勒于2018年9月在加州大学伯克利分校(University of California，Berkeley)被捕，他在那里的环境、健康和安全办公室担任了25年的安全专家。
He has maintained his innocence ever since and was reportedly married at the time of his arrest.
During the trial, defense attorney Joseph Farina accused authorities of overreach by taking a straw and half-eaten pear from garbage outside Waller's home to get his DNA, and he questioned whether DNA found at the crime scenes had been preserved properly over the years.
Farina declined to comment as he left the courthouse Wednesday.
Prosecutors portrayed Waller as an organized and cunning criminal who stalked potential victims and collected information about their appearance, movements and vehicles and kept it in computer databases that he still had when he was arrested.
Investigators also found 'rape kits' - zippered bags filled with duct tape, zip ties, handcuffs and other items used in the attacks - in Waller's two storage lockers.
Prosecutors said he sought out women of Asian descent, grading them on their appearance and build and studying their daily routines until he could slip into their homes and attack them.
They also described Waller's penchant for pornography depicting bound, nude Asian women.Farina pointed out that there was nothing illegal about Waller's sexual predilections.
The jury was also shown a video taken on the day of Waller's arrest in which he tried to hang himself three times when left alone in a police interview room.
Prosecutors said the attempted suicides were effectively an admission of guilt.