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Proposal Would Require DNA Tests of Suspects In Felonies

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers and the mother of a murder victim say lives would be saved and innocent people in prison would be set free if the state approves a bill requiring DNA testing of people accused of serious felonies.

The state already requires DNA testing of convicted felons, but lawmakers say Connecticut needs to go a step further and pass “Katie’s Law,” which has been approved by 24 other states. The bill was up for a public hearing before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

Lawmakers announced their support of the proposal Wednesday with Jayann Sepich, whose 22-year-old daughter, Katie, was murdered in New Mexico in 2003. The law is named after Katie Sepich.

DNA samples from felony arrestees would be compared with national databases. Civil rights advocates oppose the bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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