County ready to prosecute old rape cases

  • Of the 189 backlog of rape test kits submitted for analysis, 47 had DNA profiles loaded to CODIS, the federal Combined DNA Index System database. (Image courtesy Pixbar)
  • First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dale Ross talks during a recent meeting in Kailua-Kona. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Hawaii Island’s decade-long backlog of rape test kits have all been processed, and now it’s time to move onto the next step — investigating and prosecuting the cases.