Holmes convicted in 1984 rape case

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On April 25 a Dorchester County jury convicted 47-year old Herbert Leroy Holmes of one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree and one count of Kidnapping relating to an incident that occurred in a Summerville bookstore back in 1984.
The jury deliberated for approximately an hour before returning their guilty verdicts.  Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced Holmes to concurrent terms of 30 years on the CSC 1st and Life on the Kidnapping.
For nearly 30 years the identity of the perpetrator had been a mystery as the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office had no leads in the case since 1984.
The only evidence they had was a sexual assault exam kit and a bag of the victim’s clothing. In 2009, Lt Earl Asbell of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office decided to have the evidence tested for DNA since that technology was not available back in 1984.
Ken Bogan, a Forensic Scientist with SLED (and the original analyst who discovered semen on some of the evidence back in 1985) received the rape kit and was able to develop a DNA.
A check with the Combine DNA Information System (CODIS) revealed the DNA matched Herbert Holmes. Holmes was currently incarcerated for a set of rapes in 1989 in Berkeley County. 
The case was prosecuted by Glenn Justis and Phillip Geise with the Dorchester County Solicitor’s Office while the defendant was represented by Mitchell Farley and Ash Chisholm of the Dorchester County Public Defender’s Office.
For more information, contact Glenn Justis @843-367-5551 or gjustis@scsolicitor1.org

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