DNA match leads to murder/rape conviction 13 years after crime

District Attorney News for 4/11/13

April 10, 2013 

A Madera Superior Court jury convicted Frank Hogan, 39, of first degree murder and rape April 4, together with special allegations for using a weapon and inflicting great bodily injury during the rape, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz.

Senior Deputy District Attorneys Sally Moreno and Linda Dunn prosecuted the case. They presented evidence to the jury that the deceased 49-year-old female victim was discovered at a business off of Yosemite Avenue in Madera on Sept. 1, 2000.

The victim was homeless at the time and her identity was unknown until 2011. DNA evidence from the victim's assailant was discovered during her autopsy. The California Department of Justice entered the DNA evidence profile into a national law enforcement database. Years passed until 2008, when a positive match was made on Frank Hogan, then living in Oregon.

Madera Police Department contacted Hogan and learned he had been living in Madera at the time of the crime. They arrested him and brought him back to Madera where he was charged with murder and rape.

Hogan is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8 in the Madera Superior Court.

He faces life in state prison, without the possibility of parole, for his convictions.

"It is truly a tragedy that this Air Force veteran, who had fallen on hard times, received such a horrific and untimely death," Keitz said. "The jury's verdict in this case will help bring closure to her family, allow justice to be done, and help insure Hogan harms no other member of the public."

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