17-Year-Old Janesville Rape Case Solved Due to DNA Evidence


A routine search of DNA evidence has led to a nearly decades old cold case being solved.

On April 4, 2000, Janesville Police investigated the rape and burglary of a 79-year-old resident. Items were collected at the scene, including DNA, which was submitted to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. A suspect was never identified and the case went cold.

Then, in mid-January of this year, Janesville authorities were notified from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab that when they conduced a routine search of the state’s DNA Index System, there was a match between the DNA submitted in the 2000 rape case to a man who had been convicted for a 2014 sexual assault of a child.

That man, Kelly Baxter, was placed under arrest at the Janesville Police Department on Wednesday and charged with sexual assault and burglary in the 2000 case.

Baxter is being held at the Rock County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

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