Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Federal funding revives cold cases

Pittsburgh Live
State police pored over reports in hundreds of cold cases across the state dating back decades before zeroing in on DNA evidence they say points to a suspect in the slaying of a Beaver County woman more than 32 years ago.

Albany Bill to Expand DNA Database Fuels a Political Fight

New York Times
ALBANY — Tough-on-crime lawmakers, seeking to expand the collection of DNA from people convicted in New York State, point to cases like that of Raymon McGill, who was linked to a rape and two murders after being arrested in 2004 in Schenectady in an attempted robbery.

R.I. considers adopting DNA database for felons

Brown Herald Rhode Island
A law that would require suspects arrested for certain felony crimes to submit their DNA to a nationwide database has been re-introduced into the Rhode Island General Assembly. The bills, sponsored by state Sen. David Bates, R-Barrington, and state Rep. Brian Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, are modifications of Katie’s Law, originally instituted in New Mexico.