DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest of Suspect in Haile Rape Case
GAINESVILLE - Investigators say data from the national DNA database helped them match 38-year-old Andrew Payne Jr. to the brutal 2008 rape of a Gainesville woman in Haile Plantation.
With science on their side, Florida Department of Law Enforcement representatives tell TV 20s Chris Gilmore that the case is almost closed.
Authorities believe Payne is responsible for the sexual assault of a woman four years ago as she was jogging through trails near the Indigo Square neighborhood.
FDLE Agent, Yolanda Carbia says there are several crime labs to help solve cases like these.
"We help all the agencies, we have labs throughout the state, a lot of the local agencies submit all their evidence to our labs," Carbia said.
CODIS or the Combined DNA Index System was able to make the rape with Payne through a new form of testing called Y-STR, which only checks DNA on the Y or male chromosome.
Once the system makes a match, analysts say the connection is almost undeniable.
After the suspect pool was cut, the FDLE waited for the match from CODIS; a sign that Payne's criminal history finally caught up with him.
Crime lab analysts say now that Payne is in custody, he will be given a cheek swab to confirm that his DNA is a match to the samples found four years ago.
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