The Memphis Police Department investigation identified Pruitt as the suspect responsible for the beating and rape of a 26 year-old woman behind a vacant apartment in the 1600 block of Monroe on June 7th, 2009. The woman reported the incident to police and DNA evidence from the attacker was collected. The DNA evidence was submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). On September 12, 2011 the DNA sample was matched to Pruitt.
Pruitt was indicted for aggravated rape. He is required to register as a sex offender and will be under community supervision for life upon release from prison.
The case was handled by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nichols, Chief Prosecutor of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Special Victims Unit. On Monday, August 6th, 2012, Pruitt pled as charged in Criminal Court Division V. Judge James Lammey presided.