NM Says It Leads U.S. in DNA Matches of Suspects to Crimes via Katie’s Law


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stood with the family of Katie Sepich to tout the success of a DNA testing law that bears the slain college student's name, saying last year's expansion of Katie's Law is putting more criminals behind bars, reports the Associated Press. Martinez credits the law with a 92 percent increase in matching suspects to crimes, including five homicides and three sex crimes.

“I'm proud that we are leading the country in cracking down on criminals through DNA matches,” Martinez said. “New Mexico now has one of the toughest versions of Katie's Law in the country — and it's working.” The original law, passed in 2006, required DNA samples from suspects arrested for violent felonies. Last year's revision extends the testing requirement to all felonies. Jayann Sepich, says the law is helping bring justice and needed closure to more victims and their families while protecting others from the heartbreak of losing a beloved daughter. Katie Sepich was a New Mexico State University student raped and murdered in 2003. Her killer was identified with DNA evidence after he was convicted of another crime three years later.

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