Man charged nearly 20 years after Denver sex assault; DNA leads to Donald Shores' arrest in Texas

Victim died of cancer in 2000

DENVER - A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Denver almost 20 years ago.

The victim died of cancer in 2000, but the accused rapist could not escape DNA evidence that was collected at the time of the attack.

Donald R. Shores, 58, was connected to the sexual assault this past January, following his arrest in Temple, Texas on a drug charge, said Denver district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough. He faces extradition back to Colorado. His bond is set at $250,000.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged Shores with felony aggravated sexual assault and committing a crime of violence.

The charges allege that Shores assaulted and raped a 67-year-old woman on Sept. 6, 1994, in the 2000 block of Colorado Boulevard.

The charges are the result of work by Denver’s Cold Case DNA Project, an ongoing collaborative effort between Denver Police detectives, the Denver Police Department Crime Lab and the Denver District Attorney’s Office with grant funding through the National Institute of Justice.

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