Daily Archives: August 4, 2014

Legislative study on lawmaker’s plan to expand Oklahoma’s DNA database to solve crimes set

DNA DatabaseOKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma lawmaker who has unsuccessfully worked to require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA plans to conduct a legislative study on the issue.
Defendants convicted of certain crimes in the state are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement authorities to determine if they can be linked to unsolved crimes. But Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, said she wants authorities to be able to secure DNA samples earlier in the criminal justice process.

New short-cut analysis could cut Utah’s rape kit backlog

silver HelixThere may be a shortcut in rape investigations that would capture valuable DNA evidence while cutting costs and getting Utah law enforcement agencies out of the bind of backlogged forensic evidence in rape cases.