Lawmakers have agreed that law enforcement officials must take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. In support of this legislation, Governor Perdue mentioned the murder case of Kathy Taft and how investigators were able to use DNA sampling to make an arrest.
DNA sampling was a key priority in Governor Perdue's safer communities legislative package.
The measure has been widely supported by law enforcement and victims rights advocates.
Governor Perdue said, “These samples will build a database that law enforcement can use to identify suspects and solve crimes. I know firsthand how effective this technology is. A friend of mine, Kathy Taft, was murdered earlier this year, and the suspect was caught through DNA analysis.”
Estimates are that as many as 100 cases could be solved with the help of the DNA samples within the first year.