HOUSTON – A woman who waited five years for charges to be filed against a man accused of raping her is suing the city of Houston authorities said showed deliberate indifference by allowing the backlog of untested rape kits.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Beverly Flores in a lawsuit filed this year by DeJenay Beckwith claimed Houston officials do not properly investigate the 2011 attacks.
A growing number of lawsuits are filed by victims nationwide with respect to the untested rape kits.
The opponent in Beckwith’s case, pleaded guilty last year. A suspect in Flores’ rape was brought this year.
Both women claim that the DNA for the attacker could be matched in the criminal database earlier. Beckwith, says her attack would not have happened if evidence of previous victims was tested.