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Supreme Court upholds conviction of ‘Wooded Rapist’

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The State Supreme Court announced Wednesday they have upheld the conviction of a man known as the "Wooded Rapist."

Investigators were able to use DNA to link Jason Burdick to an attack of a woman in 1994.

Six years after the crime, detectives used a "John Doe" warrant to keep the case alive before the statute of limitations ran out.

Fourteen years after the crime, detectives found a DNA link they needed to solve the case.

In a unanimous ruling, the State Supreme Court ruled that "John Doe" warrants are appropriate if they uniquely identify the defendant by gender and DNA.

Burdick was accused of raping at least 12 women in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties over a 14-year period.

He was convicted in four cases and sentenced a total of 112 years in prison.

In 2010, a Davidson County judge ruled that Burdick would no longer face trial for the remaining cases in Davidson County. The judge said it wasn't fair to make taxpayers pay for the cost for the trials.

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