Judge: DNA Can Be Used In Elder Sex Assault Case
St. Lawrence County Court judge Jerome Richards ruled Tuesday that key DNA evidence can be used in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting an elderly Massena woman.
As a result, the trial of Jason Tassie, 30, of Massena will start this week, with jury selection beginning Wednesday.
Tassie is accused of sexually assaulting the 86 year old woman in her Beach Street home on August 8, 2009. But he was only arrested last year, in September 2012, after Massena police were able to match DNA from Tassie to DNA from the sex assault.
In a 23 page decision, Judge Richards ruled prosecutors can use two of the DNA samples taken from Tassie.
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