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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:31

Sex Offender Convicted in Cold-Case Rape

April 18, 2019 – A 44-year-old man already serving 21 years in prison for sex crimes has been convicted of raping a young mother in 2010 after breaking into her Raleigh-area apartment, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury took just 30 minutes Wednesday to convict Carlos Wilson of rape and aggravated burglary in a cold case that was solved with a match of his DNA obtained when he was arrested in 2011 for sexually abusing a young girl.
This week witnesses said that on Jan. 29, 2010, Wilson broke into an apartment in the 2600 block of Amy Lane and raped a 21-year-old woman who was in bed with her 3-year-old son beside her. Her assailant threatened to kill her or the baby if she screamed or told police. He also stole a digital camera before leaving.
The trial in that case followed his conviction in 2014 on charges of aggravated sexual battery and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a child involving his girlfriend’s daughter over a two-year period beginning when she was 11.
A DNA sample taken after his arrest in that case linked him to the unsolved rape and burglary case tried this week. DNA evidence from the child exploitation case was preserved in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and a match tying Wilson to the rape was confirmed in 2013.
Wilson will be sentenced on May 24 by Judge John Campbell.
This brings to 72 the number of verdicts or guilty pleas involving cold case DNA rape kit evidence, with sentences totaling 809 years. Eighty six other cases are pending in court and another 28 are pending grand jury action. There also are 146 “John Doe” rape indictments or warrants that identify the perpetrator by DNA profile to keep the statute of limitations from expiring.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Cavett Ostner and Dru Carpenter of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which 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.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County's multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.