Masters asks Lawmakers for Legislation on DNA Evidence

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) Lawmakers have delayed action on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to preserve DNA evidence.

The measure before the House Judiciary Committee seeks to clarify the process for and training of law enforcement agencies across the state.

Legislators recently discovered that Colorado law does not require authorities to preserve DNA evidence, which has played a key role in exonerating more than 200 wrongly convicted people across the country.

The committee heard testimony Wednesday from several people, including Timothy Masters, the first person in Colorado to be freed from prison because of DNA testing.

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