For the detective, it looked like a sure thing. The 58-year-old suspect with a prior sex-crime conviction had confessed to raping his young niece, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. DNA evidence from the 10-year-old girl's underwear would be the clincher. Charged with child rape, the road-crew worker faced up to 26 years in prison -- until authorities learned of startling test results coming out of the Washington State Patrol's Tacoma crime lab . . .
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