Down in Dumas, Texas a rapist was sentenced to three life terms — don’t be surprised, we told you it was Texas — after a jury heard that dog feces on his shirt matched the DNA of the woman’s dog.
Rufus Sito Nanez III, 34, a former meatpacker, was convicted by a Moore County jury on Wednesday of the aggravated sexual assault of a 27-year-old Dumas woman last year, who he attacked in her back yard.
Prosecutors presented DNA evidence from the woman, too, but said the dog DNA bolstered the case, according to an Associated Press report.
Fecal matter on Nanez’s shirt, feces from the woman’s yard and saliva from her dog were sent to a veterinary genetics lab in California for testing. DNA does not exist in fecal matter, but cells containing DNA from the walls of colons attach themselves to waste material, prosecutor David Green said Friday.
According to testimony, Nanez waited for the woman’s husband to leave before breaking into their home and attacking her. The rape occurred in the back yard after she tried to fight him off.
The life sentences were triggered by Nanez’s criminal history, which includes convictions for felony burglary of a habitation and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records.