TRENTON – An Assembly committee advanced a bill to expand New Jersey’s DNA database on Thursday.
Currently, the state collects DNA samples of individuals who have been convicted of violent crimes such as murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault or kidnapping. Those found not guilty by reason of insanity are also required to submit samples.
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Curt Knox, the father of American exchange student Amanda Knox, has criticized Italian police for not providing critical DNA information his daughter’s lawyers have requested in their appeal.
It’s being widely reported in the media that the FBI’s Chicago bureau sent someone to the Supermax prison in Colorado to obtain a DNA sample from my brother. The purpose: to see if my brother’s DNA matches evidence collected in the 1982 Tylenol poisoning case in which 7 people were murdered.
Speedy DNA analysis enabled police to identify and arrest a suspect less than 10 days after the shocking kidnapping and sexual assault of a 9-year-old Riverside girl.
But such quick work is the exception rather than the rule, with many crime labs backlogged for years.