OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to force people arrested for certain crimes to submit DNA samples for a law enforcement database was rejected Wednesday by the Oklahoma House, despite an emotional plea from the bill’s author about a brutal Oklahoma murder solved because of the database.
A smudge of blood on a broken window. A discarded cigarette butt. Even a used piece of toilet paper. These are all items from which Oklahoma City police have recovered DNA evidence from burglars. Even when the criminals have not been identified and charged, their DNA profiles often are.
The department started aggressively pursuing property crime cases through DNA evidence in 2009, said Campbell Ruddock, police DNA lab manager.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The destruction of DNA evidence in some criminal cases has prompted the introduction of measures in the state House and Senate that would impose an 18-month moratorium on such actions.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a review of a national DNA database, has identified nearly 170 profiles that probably contain errors, some the result of handwriting mistakes or interpretation errors by lab technicians, while New York State authorities have turned up mistakes in DNA profiles in New York’s database.
A Massachusetts man has been charged in a year-old burglary in Granby in which a handgun was stolen, thanks to the detective work of the Granby Police Department.
COLUMBUS — Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio’s crime lab has received more than 5,000 previously untested rape kits as it searches for DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.
Testing has been completed on more than 2,500 of those rape kits, leading to 837 DNA matches in a criminal database.
Cost could be a formidable barrier to expanding DNA collection in Oklahoma.
State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, has proposed legislation to expand DNA collect to those arrested on suspicion of felonies or 18 misdemeanor crimes. Jolley’s bill did not set aside funding to pay for additional DNA tests, although “I think the state has to pay for the testing,” Jolley said. “I don’t think that’s something that the local law enforcement agencies should be expected to do.”
No state study has been conducted on the potentially higher costs.
Four months ago, the department determined that several thousand DNA samples had been missed, prompting intense outreach and collection procedures and an independent investigation into the cause of the lapse. Since then, the department has collected more than 5,000 of the missing DNA samples – nearly 80 percent of the collections initially identified as missing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.
Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Maryland’s similar — but narrower — law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then ordered lawyers on both sides to refashion their legal arguments in light of the high court ruling.
On Monday, a specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in San Francisco.
Plumstead could become the lead municipality in an effort to create a regional DNA database in Central Bucks County.
Butte County is one of eight California counties that offers a new service that will process and analyze DNA evidence in sexual assault cases within 15 days, rather than taking months or years.
The program began Wednesday in the emergency departments of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Oroville Hospital and Feather River Hospital in Paradise.
Belgium needs a universal DNA database to fight crime with samples to be taken from every newborn baby or foreigner who enters the country, a senior Belgian justice official has said.
In August 2003, Jayann Sepich lived every parent’s worst nightmare: Her 22-year-old daughter Katie had been murdered. The MBA student at the University of New Mexico was brutally raped, sodomized and strangled. Her body was set on fire. Target shooters found her partially clothed corpse at an abandoned dump site.
INTERPOL is to expand its ability to assist member countries to identify missing persons, victims of disasters and other complex identifications using DNA comparison.
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the 7th INTERPOL International DNA User’s Conference for Investigative Officers, meeting at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon this week (6 – 8 November), that the world police body is to work with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) which has created the ‘Bonaparte’ software designed for quick and reliable human identification.
Sexual assault investigators often rely on DNA evidence from victim exam kits to aid in identifying suspects and solving cases.
However, local investigators don’t send exam kits from every case to the state Crime Lab to be tested because of concerns about overloading lab staff. Local departments typically submit exam kits to the Crime Lab only if a suspect is charged, or if the victim does not know the offender.