Two men heading to trial over rape and home invasion

NORWICH – DNA forensic evidence proved to be a key element in the apprehension of two men suspected of burglary and rape; police testified in court Monday that they also had a signed confession.

Stephen R. Ohl, 24, Cunningham Lawrence Road, Sherburne, appeared yesterday over charges of predatory sexual assault (Class A-II felony), first degree burglary (Class B felony), first degree rape (Class B felony), first degree robbery (Class B felony), first degree criminal sexual act (Class B felony), first degree criminal use of a firearm (Class B felony) and petit larceny. Jonathan “Joe” Elwood, 29, Ashcraft Road, Norwich, was not in court and has also been identified as a coconspirator by police. He is facing identical charges.

Head investigator Lieutenant James E. Lloyd of the Sheriff’s Office revealed in his testimony that he conducted a day-long interview with Ohl after receiving confirmation on a DNA match to the defendant. During the interrogation, he said Ohl signed a written statement admitting his involvement and his associate’s in the crimes that took place in December of 2006. During Elwood’s last court appearance police also claimed he made a similar statement admitting to some of the allegations at the time of his arrest.

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