DNA analysis leads to crack in 19-year-old cold case. Mississippi man arrested on rape, attempted murder charges

Published 6:24 am Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Mississippi police say that DNA evidence has helped them solve a case that has been unsolved for nearly two decades.

West Point Police have arrested Fredrick Gandy, 52, of West Point, in the January 2003 attack on Nashedra Strong-Clay.

Members of the West Point Police Department joined Strong-Clay at a news conference Tuesday to announce Gandy’s arrest.

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Gandy faces charges of rape, attempted murder, attempted robbery and burglary of a dwelling after recent DNA analysis of evidence from the crime pointed to Gandy as Strong-Clay’s attacker.

He is being held in the Clay County Jail on a $950,000 bond.