Suspect in 26-year-old rape case denied bond

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A Dorchester County judge denied bond for a man accused in a 26-year-old rape case Thursday.

Deputies say in Herbert Leroy Holmes Jr. went into a business in October 1984, robbed the clerk, dragged her into a back room and sexually assaulted her.

The sheriff's office says that the evidence gathered during the original investigation was reexamined and the DNA was identified using the combined DNA index system (CODIS). The DNA was found to belong Holmes Jr.

Holmes is currently in prison serving time for a 1988 sexual assault in Berkeley County.

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