A serial felon has been charged with the brutal rape and murder of an autistic woman in Sacramento, Calif. in a case that law enforcement is saying is “as bad as it gets.”
37-year-old Mikilo Rawls, a homeless African-American man, has been charged with the rape and murder of Emma Roark, a high-functioning autistic woman. Rawls allegedly tied her up and viciously sexually assaulted her before killing her.
“The circumstances of this murder are horrific, and our sympathies go out to Emma Roark’s family,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in a statement emailed to reporters. “I am incredibly proud of our Crime Lab criminalists who responded to the scene and dedicated every available resource to identify a responsible party.”
Detectives fingered Rawls as a suspect after he claimed to find her phone and sold it to a man who reported Rawls’ suspicious behavior. Analysts found that Rawls’ semen was all over Roark’s body. She was strangled to death after being dragged across the ground, suffering a brutal and inhumane death by diversity. Read more…