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New DNA Law Produces 72 Matches to Unsolved Cases in First Three Months

One of every 130 samples from people arrested for felonies matches evidence from other crimes

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana's new DNA law has linked 72 suspects to unsolved crimes.

Starting this year, the law requires jails to take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony, instead of waiting till they're convicted. Two weeks after the first sample, they got a match to an unsolved rape from two years ago. 

It's not clear what crimes are involved in the other 71 cases. State Police spokesman Dave Bursten says the matches to a national DNA database are spread across 44 of Indiana's 92 counties. State police forward the news of the matches back to the agency which submitted the samples -- it's then up to police there to conduct a followup investigation.

While DNA is virtually unassailable as proof that a person was at the location where a sample was found, defense lawyers can still attempt to account for it without linking their client to the crime.

One of every 130 samples so far this year has produced a match. That's about half the rate for samples tested under the old law during the same time frame. law during the same time frame.

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