A jury trial began Monday for a man accused of raping a University of Alabama student at gunpoint after the Iron Bowl in 2016.
Colby Lewis, 21, was charged with the crime last year, after investigators matched evidence to a sample in the state’s DNA database.
The woman, 19 at the time, told police she was in her second-floor bedroom the early morning hours of Nov. 27, 2016, when she heard someone come in through the front door at 1:45 a.m.
Alabama and Auburn had played a 2:30 p.m. Iron Bowl game at Bryant-Denny Stadium that Saturday. The woman had been on the crowded Strip with other football fans before walking home to Convent Street that night.
She told officers the man came into her apartment and assaulted her at gunpoint.
Police issued warnings to the public, saying that a “dangerous sexual predator” was at large. A composite sketch of a potential suspect was circulated, but didn’t generate any leads. The governor’s office offered a $5,000 reward to anyone with information.
The case went cold for more than a year. In January 2018, forensic investigators matched a DNA sample with evidence taken from Lewis in another case.
Lewis is represented by defense attorney Greg Gambril. The trial will take place this week before Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Al May.