DNA test added to rape case evidence

WOODSTOCK — A DNA laboratory test has been added to the evidence the prosecution is compiling against an Edinburg man charged with two counts of raping a 16-year-old girl.

The test found that a DNA sample taken from the defendant, Patrick J. Wakeman, and another sample taken from inside the victim showed a distinct possibility of a match.

Wakeman, 40, has been held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail since his arrest at his residence on April 27. Authorities say they began the investigation after receiving a complaint about Wakeman from the victim’s parents.

The DNA test, conducted by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, reported finding a Y chromosome suggesting that Wakeman or an unknown male relative of his was the source of the DNA found in the victim.

The DNA testing used on Wakeman’s sample differed from a well known method that the FBI estimates to carry a 1 chance in 108 trillion of finding a coincidental match with a suspect’s DNA.

The crime lab reported that the male DNA profile found in the victim was likely to be found once among a population of 1,500 white males such as Wakeman, based upon what the lab report called an “upper confidence level” of 95 percent.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said he believed the results for Wakeman, while not as definitive as some other forms of DNA testing, are still an asset as he prepares for a two-day jury trial scheduled for Nov. 21.

“When I talked to the lab people, they said, ‘that’s a high number,'” Campola said of the test results. “It’s a different sort of DNA testing.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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