Statute Of Limitations Comes Into Question In Wetterling Case

Statute Of Limitations Comes Into Question In Wetterling Case

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THE NIGHT. NOW FROM MINNESOTA’S MOST- WATCHED STATION. THIS IS WCCO 4 NEWS. AS DETAILED IN A SEARCH WARRANT MR. HINRICH HAS BEEN INTERVIEWED BY INVESTIGATORS ABOUT THE 1989 DISAPPEARANCE OF JACOB WETTERLING. 26 YEARS LATER, THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD MINNESOTA BOY. THE FBI ARRESTED A MAN WHO MAY SAY IS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS NOON. FEDERAL AGENTS ARRESTED 52-YEAR- OLD DANNY HINRICH AT HIS HOME LATE WEDNESDAY FOR HAVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. YESTERDAY THE FBI ANNOUNCED HE WAS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN JACOB’S KIDNAPPING. A MASKED MAN ABDUCTED JACOB ON OCTOBER 22, 1989. JACOB WAS WITH HIS BROTHER AND FRIEND ON A ROAD NEAR HIS RURAL HOME. SOME OF THE BOYS WENT TO PICK UP A MOVIE AND ON THEIR WAY BACK, SOMEONE STOPPED THEM AND WE BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE ONE OF THE BOYS BECAUSE ONE OF THE BOYS DID NOT COME BACK WITH THEM. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE SUSPECT SKETCH RELEASED SHORTLY AFTER THE ABDUCTION. NEXT TO IT ARE DANNY IN HINRICH IN 1990 AND WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED ON WEDNESDAY. COURT DOCUMENTS SAY IN THE MONTHS AFTER THE ABDUCTION, INVESTIGATORS INTERVIEWED HIM FOUR TIMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE. IN 1990 A FOOTPRINT AT THE SCENE OF THE ABDUCTION WAS A MATCH TO HIS SNEAKERS SEIZED FROM HINRICH’S HOME. A TIRE PRINT WAS SIMILAR TO HIS CAR, BUT IT WASN’T A 100% MATCH. THE DOCUMENTS REVEAL THAT HINRICH WAS ALREADY A SUSPECT IN OTHER GROPING ATTACKS ONIONING BOYS IN THE LATE 1980s IN PAINESVILLE WHERE HE LIVED AT THE TIME. HINRICH WAS A SUSPECT IN THE ABDUCTION OF A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY NAMED JARED IN COLD SPRING NINE MONTHS BEFORE JACOB WAS ABDUCTED. THIS GUY STEPPED OUT OF THE VEHICLE A PREACHED ME FROM BEHIND, STED I HAVE A GUN, I’M NOT AFRAID TO USE IT. GET IN THE CAR. HE PUT ME IN THE CAR. THE MAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED JARED AND THEN LET HIM GO. NO ARREST WAS MADE IN THE CASE, BUT YESTERDAY IT WAS REVEALED IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS INVESTIGATORS USED DNA TECHNOLOGY IN JARED ACASE. THE DNA MATCHES HINRICH. DESPITE THE LINK, HINRICH CANNOT BE CHARGED IN THE ATTACK BECAUSE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRED. ASHLEY JOINS US WITH A LOOK AT THAT STATUTE AND WHAT IT MEANS IN THE KIDNAPPING OF JACOB WETTERRING. Reporter: HE SAYS AUTHORITIES HAVE TO FOLLOW STATUTES THAT WERE IN PLACE WHEN THE CRIME HAPPENED. BACK IN 1989, HE SAID THERE WAS A FEDERAL FIVE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON KIDNAPPING AND THREE ON THE STATE LEVEL. HOWEVER, OVER TIME THOSE RESTRICTIONS WERE LIFTED. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO LIMIT. THAT MEANS UNDER 1989 LAWS HINRICH CANNOT BE PROSECUTED FOR THE COLD SPRING ABDUCTION. THERE WERE ALSO SOME FOR SEX ASSAULTS. THEY BELIEVE THE MAN IS THE SAME PERSON WHO TOOK JACOB WETTERLING. HOWEVER, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT FOR ANY TYPE OF DEATH CASE A MURDER CASE, THERE ARE NO LIMITS SO IN THE UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, IF JACOB WEATHER LING IS DEAD, YOU COULD BRING THAT AT ANYTIME. YOU COULD CHARGE SOMEONE EVEN IF IT WAS 60 YEARS IN THE FUTURE. HINRICH MADE HIS APPEARANCE IN ST. PAUL YESTERDAY. IT WAS NEVER EXPLAINED WHAT THAT HEARING WAS FOR BUT HIS ATTORNEY TOLD US HE HAS BEEN TRANSPORTED UNTIL HIS NEXT APPEARANCE ON WEDNESDAY. WE WERE HOPING FORECLOSURE FOR SOME SORT IN THIS CASE, BUT HOPEFULLY THIS WILL ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO COME FORWARD IF THEY HAVE SOMETHING. JACOB’S PARENTS HAVE SAID FOR 26 YEARS SOMEBODY KNOWS SOMETHING. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MAN, HIS TIES AND VICTIMIZATION OF CHILDREN SINCE, PLEASE CALL THE STEARNS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THAT NUMBER IS 1800 THE LOST.

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