Miami, 25 January. A jury in Miami-Dade, Florida (USA) found 63-year-old Robert Kohler guilty of sexual assault this Wednesday, in a 1983 case reopened by DNA evidence against the alleged serial rapist who killed nearly 10,000 people in South Florida. 45 women would have been misbehaved. 1980s.
After deliberation, the jury decided that Kohler was guilty of kidnapping with a firearm, aggravated assault, sexual assault with a firearm, assault or battery, robbery with assault or battery while armed.
The jury began deliberations this Wednesday after hearing the latest allegations from the prosecutor’s office and the defense.
Jurors heard final arguments in the case of a woman, now 65, who had been sexually assaulted by Kohler in Miami-Dade County on December 28, 1983, when she was 25.
The trial has drawn media attention to suspicions that Kohler is the infamous “pillow rapist”, who was arrested in 2020 thanks to DNA evidence.
Kohler, who was in a wheelchair and aged during the trial, answered in the negative to the prosecutor’s question whether he was guilty of raping and abducting the woman.
Kohler, who is facing life in prison in the case, was charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and acts of vandalism.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Daryl E. Trawick, who is presiding over the case, heard arguments presented by Assistant State Attorney Laura Adams and Defense Representative Damaris Del Valle with the jury, and asked the jury to begin deliberations. Told.
The prosecutor insisted that the DNA tests carried out showed that Köhler was the perpetrator of the sexual assault, in addition to insisting that he terrorized his victims with a weapon.
“He terrorized an innocent woman in her home,” Adams said during his closing statement, asking the jury not to hesitate in finding Kohler guilty.
“The community and this woman deserve justice,” the prosecutor said, after reiterating that death threats and humiliation were present at all times.
Prosecutors insisted that the DNA evidence from the 1983 case was irrefutable, even though Kohler testified under oath on Monday that he was the victim of a criminal conspiracy, in which police allegedly used his genetic remains to convict him. had tampered with.
Del Valle, in his turn, assured that the prosecutor’s office was not able to prove Kohler’s guilt one hundred percent.
Not all tests match
Defense counsel clarified that, although the DNA matched, all the evidence did not match, therefore, he insisted, in the face of “reasonable doubt” in the case, the jury should declare his innocence.
“He cooperated with the police” after his arrest, said Del Valle, who also said that there are some inaccuracies between Kohler’s physical characteristics and the author’s account of the facts given by the victim.
The defendant accused Miami-Dade County police officers of alleged torture during the interrogation, in addition to denying kidnapping and raping the woman.
Kohler even went so far as to say that the police officers must have tampered with the evidence to bring the DNA sample positive.
Detectives used the DNA of Kohler’s son to link him to the rapes.
After DNA testing, officials verified that he matched the suspect in eight rape cases, including the case on Wednesday’s test.
The matter is of 1983
The case began in 1983, when a woman was raped at knife-point after breaking into her apartment.
That breach was followed by dozens of similar sexual harassment complaints.
The Open Case Unit made progress in the investigation after 2019, it began investigating thousands of sexual assault cases from the 1980s and added many similar cases.
This case was very popular at that time, but due to lack of evidence, it was forgotten till now.
Kohler would be tried for six counts in Broward County, adjacent to Miami-Dade County, and would receive sentencing in the 1983 case on March 17.