A California appellate court rejected arguments from a man convicted of brutally raping a transgender woman that problems at the San Francisco Police Department’s crime lab affected his case. In 2009, a San Francisco Superior Court jury found that Donzell Francis committed forcible copulation, assault with great bodily injury, false imprisonment, and other crimes against a woman in 2007 referred to in court documents as D.H. He was sentenced in January 2010 to serve 17 years and eight months in state prison in the case. Francis, 42, has also been accused in the murder of Rudy “Ruby” Ordenana, a transgender woman who was found dead in 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to that crime, though he’s also been tied to assaults on other transgender women.