DNA evidence clears man accused in rape near MetroLink station

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 6:20 PM

(KMOV) – A man initially accused of robbing and raping a woman in February after she got off of a MetroLink station in East St. Louis was released from jail Tuesday after DNA results cleared him of the crime, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Marlon Miller, 20, left the St. Clair County Jail around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the report, Miller said he initially denied the crime, but investigators beat him into admitting the robbery after he was arrested in late February.

Miller said one of the detectives who coerced a confession out of him was Orlando Ward, an East St. Louis officer who was arrested in April on drug charges.

Police said a 33-year-old woman had just gotten off the MetroLink Emerson Park station in East St. Louis about 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Police said she was walking in the 1700 block of Parson’s Place when Miller stuck a gun in her back and demanded money. Authorities said after she turned over all her money, Miller raped her.

Miller was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexually assault and one count of attempted armed robbery.

According to the BND, Miller was greeted by his mother, uncle and fiancée upon his release on Tuesday.

Miller’s uncle said his family is consulting with their attorney about their legal options.

 

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