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Posted: 5:41 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
By Mark Becker
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. —
A Mecklenburg County jury may decide Friday if a Kannapolis man is guilty of raping two Charlotte women more than 30 years ago. Prosecutors say DNA points to Roger Honeycutt as the man who broke in and raped two women in separate attacks three weeks apart. In both cases, the women testified they were asleep on a couch in their apartment when a man broke in after midnight and raped them. On Thursday, the jury heard from the second victim, who was 26 years old when she was attacked in her apartment on North Sharon Amity, near what was then Eastland Mall. She said she woke up with a man kneeling next to her. "I was told if I didn't scream I wouldn't get hurt," she said. She said that as the man attacked her, she wondered if that was true. "At some point it occurred to me that I couldn't believe that -- that this might be the end," she said. It would be more than 30 years before a cold-case detective found the DNA evidence that prosecutors say points to Honeycutt as the man who raped her and another woman three weeks later. Honeycutt's attorney questioned the reliability of that evidence, suggesting it is only a partial match that does not answer all of the questions and may leave some doubt. He told the judge he does not plan to call any witnesses in the case, and attorneys are expected to give closing arguments on Friday.
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