HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - Charges filed against a Hollywood man accused of raping an 82-year-old woman on July 26, 2010 were dropped after DNA from semen excluded him, according to the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Jerry Lee Manigault, 50, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, first degree burglary, kidnapping, first degree criminal sexual conduct, petty larceny and assault.
According to an incident report, Manigault was accused of breaking into the victim's home around 4 a.m. July 26, choking her and demanded money. The victim told police she told the attacker she didn't have any money and begged him not to kill her. The victim told police her attacker loosened his choke and at that point the victim recognized the suspect.
After the attacker raped the victim, the victim told police he demanded money again, and that she gave him a roll of dimes, which was all she told him she had. She said the attacker then asked for a soda. She told police she gave the attacker a soda in a can, and police say the can was left in the front yard and was collected as evidence.
Court records indicated that charges were dismissed because DNA from semen identified from evidence at the rape scene excluded Manigault as the attacker, according to Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.