Suspect in 2 Boston rapes pleads not guilty

Dwayne McNair (Copyright: WHDH)

BOSTON (AP) — A Dedham man charged with raping two women a decade ago has pleaded not guilty and been ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Dwayne McNair had once been set free because DNA testing could not differentiate him from his twin brother. He was arraigned Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.

He is charged with eight counts of aggravated rape and two counts of armed robbery for assaults on two women just days apart in September 2004.

McNair had been scheduled for trial earlier this year, but those proceedings and the indictments were withdrawn.

He was re-indicted earlier this month after expensive, cutting-edge DNA testing identified him as a suspect and ruled out his twin.

McNair’s attorney says he has questions about the new tests’ reliability and acceptability.

Another man who pleaded guilty to the rapes implicated McNair as a co-conspirator.

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