Jury Convicts Flint Man of Rape in 2012 Cold Case
A 25-year-old man has been convicted of rape related to a cold case from 2012 and the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office says it came after a national cable TV show provided additional resources to test and review some of the evidence.
Marcel Jerome Robinson was convicted of first degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the incident from September 4, 2012.
Testimony at the trial revealed the victim was visiting Robinson when the two got into an argument that turned into a scuffle and ultimately a sexual assault. The victim went to the hospital to report the incident and seek treatment. A sexual assault- rape test was performed.
The test remained unprocessed until this year when producers from the TNT show Cold Justice offered to review and provide funding for the testing of some of the more than 300 unprocessed rape kits being held by the Flint Police Department. Evidence from one of the kits pointed police toward Robinson and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton authorized the charges after reviewing the case.
Leyton said this is "a perfect example of the old cliche that the wheels of justice sometimes move slowly, but the important thing is that we never give up in seeking justice for victims of crime."
Robinson faces up to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 19th.