Defendant to stand trial again in 1997 rape case

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A man who was convicted in the 1997 rape of a University of Kansas student will go on trial for a second time in January.

Robert Grey, 40, originally was sentenced in 2009 to 26 years in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint from a campus parking lot, taking her to a secluded area and raping her.

Grey wasn't arrested and charged until 10 years after the rape, after his fingerprint found in an FBI database was linked to the crime and police obtained his DNA, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The Kansas Court of Appeals last year awarded Grey a new trial, finding that prosecutor Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, did not disclose some evidence to the defense, including that the victim identified Grey as her rapist after earlier saying she could not identify him.

Earlier this year, the Kansas Supreme Court found McGowan committed errors in several trials from 2007 to 2009, forcing the court to remove her from her cases and assign her to other duties.

A Douglas County judge last week scheduled Grey's new trial for Jan. 13.


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