Thursday, 13 September 2018 14:08

Man Pleads Guilty in 3 Past Rape Cases

Marshall Marshall
Sept. 13, 2018 – A 51-year-old man identified by his DNA has pled guilty to three aggravated rapes that occurred more than 16 years ago in the Frayser-Raleigh area, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Defendant Patrick Marshall was given concurrent no-parole sentences of 18 years, 19 years and 25 years for the rape cases that occurred in 2000 and 2002. The settlement was approved by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
The cases all involved early-morning break-in attacks at knifepoint, including:
-the rape of a 22-year-old woman on Sept. 23, 2000, in the 1900 block of Driftwood Avenue where a suspect broken in through a kitchen window;
-the rape of a 32-year-old woman on June 7, 2002, in the 4900 block of Yale Road; and
-the rape of a 19-year-old woman on July 2, 2002, in the 2800 block of Vayu Court.
In each case, rape kits were created, but were among thousands that were not tested until discovered years later.
Marshall was identified and linked to the cases by his DNA in 2015.
The cases were handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) and by Carrie Shelton Bush, former chief prosecutor of the unit. SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.