Jimmy Love, 54, was indicted in 2015 as a John Doe based on the DNA profile developed from biological evidence in the rape of a 21-year-old woman in Raleigh in the summer of 1986. The profile had been entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) which in 2017 yielded a potential match with Love.
Love was located in the Hardee Correctional Institute in Bowling Green, Fla., where Memphis authorities obtained DNA swabs from him to confirm the match. Love had been an inmate in Florida since his multiple criminal convictions there in 1994.
In Memphis, his DNA then also linked him to a November 1987 rape case. In 2018 a Shelby County grand jury indicted him on two counts of aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.
By law, the indictments in the two Memphis cases remained secret until he was taken into custody here this week.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Gavin Smith 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.