NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, Tennessee and several other states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.
The New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in Memphis alone. By contrast, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms in the entire state of Texas.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A Murfreesboro man was shot in the back early Sunday morning in what he described as a failed home invasion attempt.
Murfreesboro Police say they were called to a Leaf Avenue address just before three a.m. Sunday morning. When officers arrived they found 24 year old Tresdon Forrest Stephens with a gunshot wound in the back.
He was transported by life-flight helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center. There’s no word yet today on his condition.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The father of a disabled girl and the child's home-health aide stand accused of murder after the 12-year old East Tennessee girl died from gangrene and infected bedsores.
The Shelby County district attorney general's office says that a grand jury has indicted the girl's father, 42-year-old Errol Johnson, and 41-year-old home-health worker Chasara Jones on a charge of first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child neglect.
A third defendant has been indicted but will not be named until transported to Shelby County from Louisiana.