District Attorney Jared Williams has announced a guilty verdict against an accused serial rapist after two failed attempts by the previous District Attorney to convict Darrell Oliver for rape.
Here is Mr. Williams’ press release:
An accused serial rapist who multiple times evaded justice has finally been taken off the streets by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit. After a week of trial, a Richmond County jury found him Guilty of Rape, Kidnapping with Bodily Injury, and Burglary in the First Degree. This rape was committed on a mother while her three minor children were in the home. He was sentenced to 2 consecutive Life Sentences, plus 20 years.
On November 27, 2021, Darrell Oliver was a predator lurking in the shadows of an apartment complex, peeking into windows to find his victim. He entered her home through the unlocked window to her child’s room. The brave 11-year old daughter called 911 as the rapist attacked her mother. Oliver then fled through the window, leaving behind his palm print, which helped RCSO investigators identify him as the rapist.
Oliver was charged with rape and sexual felonies 3 times previously. In 2019 and 2020, 3 separate jury trials all resulted in acquittal and his release back onto the streets before committing this final rape. His infamy and the repeated failures to convict him were the inspiration for change under the new DA administration in 2021. “Our women and children deserved better,” said District Attorney Jared Williams. “I promised a Special Victims Unit before I took office, and we made good on that promise in year one. Thanks to the outstanding men and women who serve on the SVU, a serial rapist is off the streets, and women in our community are safer tonight.”
After years of violating women, poetic justice is found in the woman who put him away. Assistant District Attorney Deshala Dixon, Chief of the Special Victims Unit, along with her SVU teammate ADA Justin Mullis dedicated months to ensuring that this time the community would get justice for all the survivors of Darrell Oliver’s attacks.
The District Attorney will hold a press conference at the Richmond County Courthouse at 9am on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 to address the SVU and the efforts the office is taking to make women and children safer in our community.