NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A soldier from Fort Eustis has a newfound appreciation for freedom after he was acquitted of a rape a jury says he did not commit.
Timothy Epps, 27, was arrested last November in a Florida case that dated back to 2009.
Back then, a 67-year old woman told authorities in Marion County, Fla. she had been sexually assaulted by a man posing as a police officer. The case went cold until a lab matched DNA taken from the scene to Epps.
Epps told 10 On Your Side he had had a consensual relationship with the woman, who lived on a farm where Epps had worked. Epps says the relationship ended prior to her reporting the crime.
Epps spent nearly 10 months in jail prior to his acquittal earlier this month.
“When they read it, I just broke down crying. I hit the ground and I thanked God because the odds were against me and you would never think I would come out on top,” Epps said.
Despite the acquittal, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s office in Marion County Florida, says the evidence from the crime was consistent with the charges against Epps.
Investigators are not pursuing any other suspects.