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Serial rapist convicted in Charlotte cold cases

Prosecutors say a serial rapist was convicted this week in three cases that took place in Charlotte in the early 1990s.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office says LJ Bertha was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of rape and kidnapping.

Three survivors testified in the recent trial, which began May 20, according to the district attorney’s office. Bertha, 64, was found guilty of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, two counts of kidnapping, attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct and robbery.

The first incident occurred on October 12, 1993, when Bertha kicked the driver’s side window of a car parked at a shopping center on Freedom Drive. Bertha forced the victim to fall over and drove her to a cul-de-sac before raping her.

The second incident occurred on July 30, 1994, when the victim was walking on Beatties Ford Road. Prosecutors say Bertha pushed her into a cul-de-sac and raped her, threatening her with a knife. The third victim was raped in 1996, and Bertha was sentenced to 20 years in prison for this crime in 1997.

The district attorney’s office says prosecutors linked Bertha to the cases through DNA testing.

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