A crime lab scientist testified Wednesday that hair matching a north Bibb County nanny was found on boxer shorts belonging to the man who is charged with raping her.
Rudolph Valentino Smith, 44, is charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, kidnapping and burglary stemming from the May 1, 2008, confrontation.
During testimony Wednesday, GBI analyst Anne Kisler said that 11 hairs were found on Smith’s boxers. She said the hairs matched the characteristics of the nanny’s hair.
A crime lab DNA expert is scheduled to testify today.
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Dr. John Wood, the emergency room physician who examined the nanny, also testified. He said the nanny had bruises on her face, neck, thighs and ankle. She also sustained several small tears in her genital area.
“She had trauma pretty much from the top of her body to the bottom,” Wood testified. “Her injuries were consistent with the report she gave.”
Questioned by Smith’s lawyer, Wood did say that the tears could have been caused by something other than a sexual assault.
Smith’s lawyer, Debra Gomez, has not made an opening statement. She has reserved it until after the prosecution finishes presenting its case.
Pretrial motions filed by the defense suggest that Gomez may contend the nanny isn’t being truthful.
The nanny cried through most of her nearly two-hour-long testimony Tuesday as she described the attack at her employer’s home off Bass Road.
She said she was watching TV with the 3-year-old girl she baby-sat when she heard a knock at the door. Smith, a man who often cleaned her employer’s home, asked to use the phone and then started beating her, she said.
Although she tried to fight back, the nanny testified Smith raped and sodomized her while threatening to kill her and the 3-year-old girl.
The nanny escaped after Smith ordered her to go upstairs and get the girl. Instead, the nanny ran to the girl’s bedroom, where she locked them both in a closet and called 911.
Before the rape charge was filed, Smith had been convicted of six felonies dating to 1986. The crimes ranged from robbery to voluntary manslaughter, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.