Kentucky police are reviewing hundreds of unsolved crimes going back decades to see if new testing funded by a federal grant might provide new clues, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. “This is something that could solve cases that we never would have had a chance at,” said Lt. Lynn Hunt of the Louisville police.
Police will send evidence they want tested to the state crime lab, where an outside firm will analyze the data and it will be entered into the state’s DNA database. Police decide what cases to submit based on what might contain traces of DNA. The process uses part of a new $455,000 federal grant that allows testing of evidence from crimes such as murder, rape, assault and robbery, said Laura Sudkamp, the lab’s manager. A backlog of cases at Kentucky’s six crime labs was eliminated earlier this year. The cases being submitted now will be tested largely by outside labs, with the results verified and catalogued by the crime lab’s analysts.