After more than 12 years and the use of DNA evidence, a jury has convicted Frank Hogan, 39, of first degree murder and rape charges late this week.
Hogan will be sentenced on May 8 in Madera Superior Court for his actions on Sept. 1, 2000, in which prosecutors said he followed, raped, and “inflicted great bodily injury during the rape” to a homeless woman, which led to her death.
DNA evidence was discovered during the autopsy of the woman, who turned out to be an Air Force veteran that Madera District Attorney Michael Keitz said had “fallen on hard times.”
The California Department of Justice put the DNA into a national database, but for eight years no arrests were made. However, in 2008, Hogan was a positive match to the DNA. At the time, he was living in Oregon. He was extradited back to Madera to be charged in the case...