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Posted on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 9:05 a.m.

Man whose DNA was linked to 2009 rape seeking lineup identification

By John Counts


Anthony Chandler

Courtesy of WCSO

The 43-year-old man whose DNA has been linked by police to a 2009 rape will file a motion to have a lineup identification.

An attorney for Anthony Derrick Chandler, of Ypsilanti Township, told Judge Melinda Morris in the Washtenaw County Trial Court on Monday that Chandler has not yet been afforded that option. Essentially, the defense would like the alleged victim to look at various faces in a lineup instead of just being a shown a picture of Chandler and asked if he was the suspect.

Morris said she would allow the motion to be filed and adjourned the case until Nov. 26 to allow the prosecution time to respond to it.

David I. Goldstein, Chandler's attorney, also hinted that a plea deal could be in the works during Chandler's brief court appearance Monday.

"There has been some discussion about resolution," he said.

Still, a trial date of Feb. 4 was set in the case.

Chandler is charged with first-degree CSC, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of grabbing a woman and dragging her into a wooded area near the 80 block of South Harris in Ypsilanti Township in March 2009. Police say the woman was assaulted and raped until police arrived and she managed to get away.

Police did not make any arrests that night. Three years later, DNA found at the crime scene was linked to Chandler. He was charged in August.

On Oct. 2, Chandler waived a preliminary examination in district court and pleaded not guilty to all four counts. He remains held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $150,000 cash or surety bond.

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Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Might not the ability of a victim (or any eye witness) to I.D. a suspect erode over three year's time?

Basic Bob

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 10:01 a.m.

Science has no place in the courtroom or in politics. Liberals believe an embryo or fetus is not living. Republicans believe there were no people on earth 10,000 years ago.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

Everyone agrees that fetuses and embryos are alive, at least in a biological sense.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 1:59 a.m.

Go ahead, line him up!


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

You'd think that science would trump line-ups, but you'd have to think again. "'Science does not trump the testimony of individuals,' Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Marilyn Eisenbraun said in court documents." Source:


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

most likely what happened with the DNA is this. Rape kit done three years ago, suspect DNA obtained from that. Entered into CODIS with NO match. Fast forward three years and Chandler gets arrested for a crime where a DNA sample is obtained upon arrest/order upon conviction. His KNOWN DNA is entered into CODIS with results with the UNKNOWN SUSPECT DNA from the rape kit. OR Leads etc led to him and his KNOWN DNA was obtained through consent or search warrant and is matched with the UNKNOWN DNA in the Rape kit. Either way, Voila, Bye Bye.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

This year, in Detroit alone, 11,000 unprocessed rape kits were "found" (as if they'd been missing). It takes time for forensic analysis (obtaining the DNA fingerprint) and then matching it to a source in a database, if the source IS in the database. Otherwise, the DNA profile is useless until a match is found. From the article, it is unclear whether 3 years elapsed before the rape kit was processed, or whether 3 years elapsed before a matching source was identified. Either way, Chandler is the rapist/attempted murderer with astronomical certainty and a lineup shouldn't affect the outcome.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

He is screwed all the way around, His photo is all over the net. Identified.........................


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

Exactly. Dear victim, please read before the lineup, and make sure you tell the prosecution that you don't want them to offer a plea deal.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

There needs to be some clarification on the DNA issue. Was there a rape kit done on her?. and it took 3 years to get the results back?. or was he arrested for something else and a dna done at that time,, that then matched the 2009 case?..


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.



Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

"Three years later, DNA found at the crime scene was linked to Chandler." Did they find the DNA sample three years later.....or did they acquire HIS sample 3 years later and that is when they could link to the sample from the night of the assault? If it's the former then I'd say they have every reason to want a lineup.....if it's the

Dog Guy

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

Would Anthony Derrick Chandler get to wear his Halloween mask in the lineup?