Police say DNA used to solve 24-year old Florida rape case

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A 24-year-old rape case in West Palm Beach has finally been solved thanks to new DNA testing, according to police.

In 1995, police say a 14-year-old girl was at her school bus stop when a man offered to give her a ride to school. She got into his car and he sexually assaulted her.

It wasn’t until now that police got a break in the case. Police submitted DNA from a rape kit to a national database and it led them to Jeffries Jackson. He was in court on Thursday morning. The judge set his bond at $100,000.

A new statewide initiative in Florida provides extra money and resources to police departments that have a backlog of untested rape kits.

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