Testing backlog in Detroit reportedly allows serial rapists to stay free

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A published report says a backlog in testing thousands of Detroit rape evidence kits has allowed serial rapists to remain free and in some cases commit more attacks.

The Detroit Free Press on Monday published an update about efforts to test the kits, which were recovered in 2009 from a Detroit police storage facility. They contain DNA and other evidence, but a majority of the 11,000 kits weren't tested in a lab.

Officials say about 2,000 have undergone DNA testing. The rest are expected to be tested this year after $4 million was earmarked by the state.

The newspaper cited one case where a man attacked a woman in 2006. Prosecutors say a rape kit tested six years later linked him to several other 2011 rape cases.