Texas law to increase DNA tests may slow death penalty cases

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In some Texas counties, it takes six months or longer to get DNA test results from the Department of Public Safety, says William Lee Hon, the Polk County criminal district attorney.

Now, Hon and other prosecutors fear that come Sept. 1, when a new law takes effect requiring DNA analysis of all biological evidence in death penalty cases, the backlog, and the wait, could grow even longer. “We’re not sure that DPS has the resources currently to adequately comply with that legislation on top of everything else,” he said.

Read the full, original story here: Some Worry Law to Increase DNA Tests Will Create Delays

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