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Cuts Proposed In Cold Case Unit

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane says his office has stopped taking new cold case investigations because of budget cuts.

Kane announced the move Wednesday during testimony before a legislative budget committee considering $2.75 million in cuts to the prosecutor’s office that are being proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. If the cuts are approved,

Kane says his agency would have to cut 20 positions.

The chief state’s attorney’s cold case unit was formed in 1998 and says it has won convictions in more than a dozen unsolved homicides. Kane says the unit will continue its current investigations. Nearly 20 cold cases are now being looked at, and the state has at least 900 unsolved homicides

Crime victims’ relatives and the state victim advocate criticized the proposed budget cuts Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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