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Forensic cops say no hair or DNA evidence in 'rape-cops' case

Officers Franklin Mata, right, and Kenneth Moreno

Officers Franklin Mata, right, and Kenneth Moreno Photo Credit: Officers Franklin Mata, right, and Kenneth Moreno (Photo: Jefferson Siegel)

Forensic cops took the stand Tuesday in the so-called “rape cop” case and said there’s no hair or DNA evidence linking the officers to the alleged victim’s East Village home.

Two experts were called to the stand, and between them they testified that hair and semen from three men was found at the woman’s home, but that none of the evidence matches either of the alleged rapists, Officers Kenneth Moreno, 43, and Franklin Mata, 29, the Daily News reported.

Prosecutors argued that the lack of evidence doesn’t rule out the crime, saying that Moreno — accused of the rape while Mata stood lookout — used a condom.

The testimony comes after three days of intense courtroom interrogation of the 29-year-old fashion exec who insisted on the stand that she was raped.

Defense attorney Edward Mandery later yesterday said the lack of evidence proves what he’s said all along.

“In my opening statement, I told the jurors that they’re gonna find there’s doubts because you can’t prove something [my client] didn’t do,” he told amNewYork.

Moreno and Mata are each charged with rape and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The cops were called by a cabbie to escort the alleged victim home because she was severely intoxicated after a night of partying. The two officers were seen on surveillance video revisiting her apartment four times that night. They argue the woman was too drunk for her memory to be reliable.


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