PASADENA -- An Altadena man authorities say raped women in La
Crescenta and Pasadena pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Pasadena
Clifton Hutchins, 34, is charged with four counts of forcible rape,
five counts of burglary and one count each of possession of cocaine and
Hutchins, who is being held at North County Correctional Facility on
$4.4 million bail, is set to return to court April 23.
He was initially arrested by Glendale Police on Nov. 7 onsuspicion of
a prowling in La Crescenta, but was freed on bail.
The next day, police officials sent word to Hutchins that they had
evidence linking him to an Oct. 16 rape in La Crescenta and that he
should turn himself in, officials said.
In November, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca announced in a press
conference that officials had DNA evidence linking Hutchins to the rapes.
That evidence wasn’t delivered to defense attorney Michael Zimbert
until Thursday, Zimbert said. Prosecutors received the evidence about a
week ago, he added.
Prosecutors could not be reached for comment.
“These results were talked about a long time ago, but no one’s seen
anything until [now],” Zimbert said. “It’s very, very suspect. This
entire case is suspect.”
Zimbert said his client’s surrender spoke volumes and was the “action
of an innocent person.”