KENTWOOD, Mich (WOOD) - - A DNA sample given by a man as he was let out on parole matchedevidence from a 1998 case in which a teenage girl was sexuallyassaulted in her own bed.
Mark Douglas Ball was arrested a day after he came to a GrandRapids halfway house on parole from being convicted in 2003 on ahome invasion case. Police believe Ball is the man who, 11 yearsago, entered a home and raped a then-13-year-old girl while herfamily was asleep in the house.
At the time, police collected evidence from the house in the 800block of 59th Street, including DNA. When Ball was released onparole, a routine requirement for a DNA sample matched.
State law requires criminals to give DNA samples which are thenrun against a national data base of DNA taken from crime scenes.Since the law went into effect in 2001, DNA samples sent fromMichigan have helped solve more than 3,000 cases, according to theMichigan State Police.
If convicted in this case, Ball could spend life in prison.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow this case.
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