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Tacoma rape case to be cited in support of bill to collect DNA

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm with No Comments »
January 29, 2009 3:10 pm

The House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee will be holding a hearing next Tuesday at 10 a.m. on Rep. Mark Miloscia‘s proposal to have Washington law enforcement authorities collect DNA samples from people they arrest on felony charges.

Current law says cops should collect DNA swaps only after conviction of the suspect.

Here is a link to my Dec. 28, 2008 story.

The woman I mentioned in that story, Jayann Sepich of New Mexico, whose daughter was killed, will be testifying in favor of the measure.

Her organization, www.katieslaw.org, uses the case of Anthony Caspar Dias to illustrate the need for DNA testing upon arrest. Dias was convicted of 35 rapes in Pierce and King counties last year. He could have been caught before most of those rapes if his DNA has been on file from an earlier felony arrest, Sepich says.

It’s House Bill 1382. The hearing will be in the House Hearing Room E.

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