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Suspect in 2016 rape case convicted

Victim identified suspect from his shorts and odor
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Posted at 3:16 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 15:16:43-04

The suspect of a 2016 rape case has been convicted of a dozen crimes by a Baltimore City jury.

According to the State's Attorney's Office, Jamal Simms attacked a woman in her home on July 15, 2016 at approximately 2:30 a.m. The victim was sleeping in her apartment, Simms turned her onto her back and starting choking her. He then forced himself on her and raped her, the witness said in her testimony. 

Simms was wearing a skull cap over his face and wielding a knife at the time of the attack. The woman said she was able identify him because she recognized his shorts and a foul smell. The victim said she had seen Simms wearing the same shorts the day before and recognized his scent. She said he was a friend of her ex-boyfriend.

The woman escaped after going to the kitchen unattended. She ran to a neighbor's house and called police. DNA tests later confirmed the suspect's identity.

Simms is facing a life sentence for his crimes. He's scheduled for sentencing on July 11, 2017.