FREDERICK, Md. — DNA evidence and an unrelated criminal offense in Tennessee led to the conviction Thursday of a Hagerstown man for a rape in Frederick County eight years ago, according to the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office and Frederick Police Department.
A Frederick County Circuit Court jury deliberated for about one hour and 40 minutes before finding Najarred Theodore Walker, 28, guilty of first- and second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, a state’s attorney’s office news release said.
Walker faces a maximum sentence of up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 8, the release said.
The incident occurred on the evening of Nov. 1, 2004, when a 16-year-old girl was attacked near Carroll Creek Bridge in Frederick, the state’s attorney’s office said. A man placed his hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her if she did not comply, the release said.
There was no suspect until March 4, 2011, when the Maryland State Police Forensics Division notified Frederick police it had a match with Walker for the 2004 rape on the Combined DNA Index System, a police release said.