CLEVELAND -- A jury has convicted a death row prisoner in a separate rape case.
Jurors reached a unanimous verdict against Quisi Bryan. The jury convicted Bryan of rape and kidnapping charges. They found Bryan not guilty on a second rape charge.
New DNA evidence testing led to Bryan being charged and tried in connection with the 20-year-old case.
Bryan, who represented himself in the case, did not speak in court.
He is already on Ohio's death row for the murder of Cleveland Patrolman Wayne Leon in 2000.
Repeat sex offender Quisi Bryan, already on Ohio's Death Row for the murder of Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon in 2000, has been found guilty of raping a Cleveland woman six years earlier, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said, in a statement released after the verdict.
A Cuyahoga County jury found Bryan guilty on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping following a three-day trial in the courtroom of Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia. Judge Matia tentatively set Friday at 10 a.m. for sentencing.
McGinty says Bryan was indicted last July after tests conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) matched his DNA to that in a rape kit taken from a victim in March of 1994. At trial, the victim described how she was forced at knifepoint to go behind a house on East 93rd Street near Lamont Avenue, and then was raped in an abandoned car.
In addition to the murder of Officer Leon and this latest case, Bryan has been convicted in four other rape cases, all involving DNA findings. Three of those rapes also took place in 1994. The fourth occurred shortly before Leon was shot and killed on June 25, 2000, after making a routine traffic stop in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.
"We appreciate the courage it took for this victim to confront her rapist face to face. It took 20 years, but she has won," said Assistant County Prosecutor Gregory J. Mussman, who prosecuted the case for the State of Ohio along with Assistant County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Schnatter. "We all benefit from her strength and determination to see justice."
This crime was investigated by the DNA Cold Case Task Force, a collaboration led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office that includes BCI, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department.
The Task Force,organized one year ago to follow up on DNA testing of backlogged rape kits by BCI, has completed 135 investigations that have led to 85 indictments.