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Friday, August 16, 2019 1:00 am

Guilty plea entered for 3 rapes

Genealogy company from Tinsley case analyzed DNA

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A man tied to three rapes years after they happened by DNA evidence admitted to the crimes Thursday. 

Marquise D. Dozier, 22, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to three counts of rape as part of a plea agreement. The document does not specify a prison term, but one charge is punishable by up to 40 years and each of the other two carries a penalty of up to 16 years behind bars for a possible total of 72 years. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Sept. 27. 

The rapes occurred between 2015 and 2017, and police collected DNA each time. An analysis showed the same man was responsible for each, but investigators weren't able to identify him. 

Police this year hired Parabon Nanolabs – the same Virginia company that helped them catch John D. Miller, the man who killed 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988.

Dozier was arrested and charged in March. 

He had faced three additional rape counts and charges of burglary and battery with a deadly weapon, but prosecutors have agreed to dismiss those in exchange for the plea. 

In each case, Dozier entered the women's homes and attacked them,according to charging documents. 

On Sept. 24, 2015, a woman told investigators she was asleep with her two children when Dozier came in through an open window. He hit her with a brick, dragged her onto the floor and sexually assaulted her, a probable cause affidavit alleged. 

Another woman told police May 15, 2017, she was asleep and woke to find Dozier kneeling on her. 

Three months later, according to the affidavit, a woman went to get her son a bottle about 4 a.m. and heard what she thought was an animal inside the house. Dozier “came out of nowhere and grabbed her by the arm” before assaulting her, the affidavit said. 

Police said he admitted in interviews to raping the women. 

mleblanc@jg.net