STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a shocking crime. Police say a 92-year-old woman was raped and robbed during a home invasion. Now, months later, they say DNA evidence links the crime to a man just released from jail.
Police recently released the DNA evidence connecting Kevin Higgins's to the rape. They say he broke into the victim's home in Stanford, robbed her, and raped her.
"When I heard about my aunt it just tore me all to pieces. Who would want to do something to any lady that old?" says Linda Durhan, the victim's niece.
Durhan knew Higgins got out of jail a few days before the attack, but she didn't know why. Jail officials tell us they released Higgins in early June due to failure to indict on a stolen car charge. State law says if after 60 days, someone is still in jail and they haven't been indicted, they're free to leave.
Sheriff Curt Folger says his deputy arrested Higgins for stealing a car and leading police on a chase back in March, but they didn't go to the Commonwealth Attorney and grand jury with the charges because there was, at first, confusion about who was responsible for the case. He says Stanford Police initially handled the stolen car case.
"She's a very strong woman. A lot stronger than I'd ever be I do believe," notes Durhan, "I haven't really had time to sit down and focus on it, but kinda makes you wonder. But I'm gonna leave it up to the good Lord and let him handle it."
Higgins' rape charge will go to the grand jury later this month.