"Bentley said he was convinced of Atkins' guilt, and he would not agree to release the evidence. He said he didn't want to drag the victim through any more stuff," Brand says. "I told him, if Atkins is guilty, then the test will confirm that, and if he isn't, then the victim and others should know that the rapist may still be out there." Brand says every conversation with Bentley became a circular argument, with Bentley insisting on Atkins' guilt, and Brand insisting that the DNA test could provide a definitive answer. Brand, who would go on to work for two years as a prosecutor, recalls Bentley's attitude as "disillusioning."