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Corbally found guilty of rape, other charges

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A jury needed less than three hours to find Shawn Corbally guilty on eight charges, including rape and four counts of criminal deviate conduct.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments this morning after hearing more than two days of testimony from witnesses, including a forensic scientists who said Corbally was the source of DNA recovered from the victim.

Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said all the evidence pointed at Corbally because he was guilty. He said DNA evidence proved that Corbally broke into a woman’s Greenwood apartment in July and repeatedly raped her at knifepoint while her then-1-year-old daughter slept by her side.

Cooper told the jury that the only plausible explanation for finding Corbally’s DNA inside the victim and finding her DNA on his cargo shorts was that he raped her.

“How did it get there?” he said. “Because he did it.”

He described Corbally's distinctive brick tattoo as a second DNA tattooed to his arm that eliminated any doubt about whether he committed the brutal rape.

Corbally’s attorney Carrie Miles argued that the system had failed and that the DNA evidence possibly could have been contaminated, since it was briefly left alone at the police station.  She argued that the victim was only 80 percent sure that Corbally was the rapist when looking at a photo lineup, said that wasn’t enough for a conviction, and accused a Greenwood Police Department detective of lying during his testimony.

“The integrity of the system is going downhill fast,” she said.

Cooper countered that attorneys argue the facts when the facts are on their side or the law when the law is their side, but pound on a table and question the system when neither the facts nor the law is on their side.

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