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Flooded evidence allowed at trial

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- The judge in a Linn County sexual assault case has ruled that test results of DNA evidence lost in last year's floods will be admissible in court.

Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge David Remley ruled Wednesday the pair of underwear and penile swab taken from Bruce Braggs, charged with second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree burglary, wasn't intentionally destroyed to deprive the defense of evidence.

The evidence is a key part in the case against Braggs. He's accused of breaking into a home in 2007 and assaulting a 19-year-old woman.

Braggs' attorney, Ray Scheetz, wanted the DNA evidence suppressed because its original source was lost.

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