Police Say DNA Sampling Won't Choke Las Vegas Lab

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say a new Nevada law collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony charge won't choke an already backlogged crime lab serving southern Nevada.

But the chief public defender in Las Vegas worries that high arrest volumes on weekends could mean mistakes.

Lawmakers approved Brianna's Law this session, and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed it into law May 29. The bill's planning and regulatory portions go into effect Monday, and DNA will begin being collected a year later.

The law is named after Brianna Denison who was abducted and murdered in Reno in early 2008 by James Biela. Backers believe Biela might have been caught before killing Denison because he had a prior felony arrest and had raped two women months earlier. He is currently on death row.

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