Springfield v. State

In Springfield v. State, 860 P.2d 435 (Wyo. 1993), the victim in a rape prosecution was unable to make an in-court identification of the defendant who only "resembles" her attacker. The DNA expert found a match between the defendant's blood sample and samples recovered from a stain on the victim's panties and from her anus. The probability that another Indian person would have the same DNA was estimated to be at 1 in 250,000. The Wyoming Supreme Court concluded that "the evidence was sufficient for 'reasonable and rational individuals' to conclude that the [defendant] was the perpetrator." Springfield, 860 P.2d at 449.