GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man jailed for 20 days on a rape charge has been freed after prosecutors said his DNA didn't match evidence taken from the victim after the alleged assault.
A 23-year-old woman twice identified Jeffery Kenneth Huggins as the man who assaulted her as she walked home in East Grand Rapids Feb. 9.
Huggins, 32, was arrested the following day on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, which carries a possible life sentence. He had been held on $1 million bond.
The victim was upset by Huggins' release, said East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Peter Gallagher. Police never were able to pinpoint where Huggins, who has at least five prior felony convictions, was at the time of the rape, he said.