Inmate faces new charges in sexual assault cold cases
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 13:30

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio inmate serving an 11-year sentence for sexual assault has been charged with five cold case rapes between 1996 and 2010 and with killing one of those victims.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted 38-year-old Larry McGowan on 23 charges Friday after authorities say he was connected to the cases through DNA testing.

Bob Gaffney, the most recent attorney listed for McGowan, did not return a call for comment.

McGowan's new charges include the rape and murder of 41-year-old Maxine Pratt in Cleveland in 1997.

Prosecutors say after raping Pratt, McGowan drove a car over her head.

McGowan's indictment is the 100th brought through the work of the prosecutor's DNA Cold Case Task Force since it was formed in March last year.

 

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