Ronald Jacobsen has spent more than half his life behind bars for the rape and kidnap of a woman in 1990. On Jan. 25, 2019, the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia granted him a new trial.

In 2017, it was discovered that the DNA discovered in the victim’s rape kit could not have come from Jacobson, and a new trial was demanded. The District Attorney, however, opposed a new trial, claiming the DNA could have belonged to someone else the victim was sexually active with prior to the kidnapping. Allowing the DNA evidence into court, the DA said, would violate the Rape Shield Act, as the law prohibits evidence relating to a victim’s sexual history.