Jurors acquit man of rape
A Chicago man who was arrested last year after police learned it was his DNA found on a Stafford woman nearly 14 years ago was cleared Thursday by a Stafford jury.
Troy Lee Anderson, 36, was found not guilty of rape and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Anderson, who had been in the Rappahannock Regional Jail for more than a year, was released Thursday. He admitted having sex with the woman, but said it was consensual.
The jury decision stunned county prosecutors and detectives who worked on the case.
Several said after the trial that they thought the evidence against Anderson was overwhelming, and they expressed sympathy for the alleged victim, whose testimony apparently was not believed.
The victim, now 55, testified that she was walking on Barrett Heights Road early Nov. 12, 2000, when a man offered her a ride.
She declined the offer and the man, whom she didn’t know, rode by twice more trying to get her into his car.
The woman said that a short time later, the man ran up to her, put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her.
He then raped her in a stranger’s yard, according to her testimony.
The woman had no idea who her attacker was and at trial said she still didn’t know Anderson.
But a cold DNA hit on samples retrieved from the woman after the alleged attack led Stafford detectives to Anderson.
His DNA had been placed into a national databank years after the Stafford incident after he was convicted in Illinois on an aggravated robbery charge.
He served 153 days in jail on that conviction, court records show.
During his trial, Anderson admitted having sex with the victim but said it was consensual.
A Marine stationed at Quantico at the time, Anderson said he went on a beer run for some of his barrack buddies the night of Nov. 11, 2000.
Anderson, who is still married to the woman he was married to then, said he saw the victim and began talking to her.
They ended up drinking beer and having sex in his car, Anderson said.
He said the encounter ended on a sour note when the woman offered him illegal drugs.
He said he dragged her out of his car while she was still naked from the waist down and left.
Prosecutor Amy Casey called Anderson’s story “ridiculous.” She said it made no sense for the woman to make up a rape story about a man she didn’t even know.
Defense attorney Andy Cornick said he had no explanation for why the woman would lie, but said it was clear that she did.
He said a physical examination of the woman after the alleged rape showed no injuries or scratches.
“Her own body proved she was lying,” Cornick said.
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