MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The first man arrested as a result of Mobile County’s push to test more rape kits goes on trial Monday. A jury trial for Roderick Williams is scheduled to start later in the morning.
He’s charged with sexually abusing a child. Williams already pleaded guilty to rape connected to the 1998 cold case. Roderick Williams was initially arrested in the push to test more sexual assault samples in 2018. After three years of hearings, he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor in court in 2021 for a crime that happened in 1998.
The Mobile County DA’s office has praised the nearly two million dollars in grants from the department of justice that’s helped them tackle a backlog of rape cases. As of 2020, Mobile Police got hits on 139 of the kits that were tested, dozens of those were still active investigations.