DNA Evidence

Prosecutors hail new DNA, anti-drug laws

June 2, 2017
Indiana prosecutors joined Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday as he signed two bills prosecutors said are essential to law enforcement’s ability to build criminal cases.
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Rape charge against Indiana man dismissed after DNA testing

May 11, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana man won't stand trial for a second time on rape and criminal deviate conduct charges filed a quarter-century ago.
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Senate sends bill on DNA collection to Gov. Holcomb's desk

April 13, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has voted to send Gov. Eric Holcomb a bill allowing DNA swabs to be taken upon a person's felony arrest despite sharp disagreements.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill Senate hearing Wednesday

March 21, 2017
IL Staff
A bill that would require Indiana authorities to collect DNA samples from people arrested for a felony will be heard by a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
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Judge frees rape convict after tests show DNA not his

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man who spent nearly 25 years in prison left a courthouse a free man Wednesday after a judge set aside his 1992 rape conviction because DNA found on the victim was not his.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill clears House panel

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 11-0 in favor of a proposal to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested and charged with a felony.
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Lawmakers push for DNA collection from felony arrestees

December 7, 2016
IL Staff
A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday announced legislation that would require collection of DNA from people arrested for a felony. The proposed legislation will be introduced in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
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DNA-collection bills to be introduced in 2017 Legislature

November 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
After introducing DNA-collection legislation that failed to even get a committee hearing in the two previous General Assembly sessions, Rep. B. Patrick Bauer will be getting boost in the upcoming session from a Republican Senator offering a companion bill in the upper chamber.
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IU McKinney professor celebrates Innocence Project client’s release

April 26, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis law professor is celebrating the release from prison of a Gary man who she has argued for years was wrongly convicted of rape, sexual deviate conduct and robbery.
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DNA result shielded from rape trial jury

April 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of rape wasn’t permitted at his trial to introduce DNA evidence collected from the victim when she sought medical attention. The DNA was from another man who also was at the party attended by several other people who testified the crime took place.
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Lebanon police arrest man in 26-year-old attempted rape case

January 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Lebanon Police Department has arrested a man in a 26-year-old attempted rape case after a state lab was able to link him to the crime.
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DNA evidence properly excluded in rape trial

December 4, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court was correct in not allowing evidence in a rape trial that DNA of an unknown male was collected from the victim two days after the incident, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.
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DNA collection bill filed in Legislature

November 18, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Once again, the Indiana General Assembly is being asked to expand law enforcement’s ability to collect DNA.
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Prosecutors seeking DNA sample in Gary officer's slaying

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Lake County Prosecutor's Office wants to obtain a DNA sample from a 27-year-old man accused of killing a Gary police officer.
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DNA proposal highlights worries over privacy

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Sen. Tim Lanane and his colleagues in the Indiana Statehouse are once again wrestling with when to collect genetic material from individuals in the criminal justice system.
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Indiana lawmakers to consider DNA testing felony arrestees

August 19, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indiana legislative study panel heard testimony from a national advocate for DNA sampling who is urging them to expand testing to any person arrested for a felony.
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Interim committees schedule hearings on hot-button issues

August 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana legislators are preparing to examine a proposal that would permit the collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony in the state.
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Evolving science helps link defendants to crime

July 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
St. Joseph County obtained its first conviction using DNA evidence in 1992.
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7th Circuit upholds bank robbery conviction despite errors

December 22, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
Although a federal court in Indianapolis committed some errors in admitting certain evidence at a man’s bank robbery trial, those errors were harmless based on DNA evidence and the defendant matching the robber’s description, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held Friday.
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Indiana county settles dispute with forensics firm

October 6, 2014
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana county has reached a settlement in its billing dispute with a forensics company that testified on the prosecution's behalf last year in a triple-murder trial.
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Police allowed to test seized shoe without warrant

August 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court held Wednesday that police do not need to have a warrant before testing lawfully seized evidence, even if that evidence is unrelated to the crime for which the defendant is in custody.
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COA: State had no authority to bring paternity action

May 8, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court erred in ordering a southern Indiana teen to undergo genetic testing to establish paternity of a stillborn child, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday. It found the state, which filed the petition for paternity on behalf of the mother, had no authority to bring the action because there were no custody or support issues to be determined.
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DNA in glove at scene sufficient to uphold burglary conviction

April 29, 2014
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a conviction vacated by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The high court unanimously affirmed a conviction of Class C felony burglary with a habitual offender enhancement, finding a glove at the crime scene with the suspect’s DNA was sufficient for a jury to determine guilt.
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Divided high court affirms DNA unnecessary to establish paternity

April 4, 2014
Dave Stafford
Indiana Supreme Court justices split 3-2 in affirming that DNA evidence is not required to establish paternity.
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SCOTUS ruling emboldens lawmakers to expand DNA collection

June 19, 2013
Dave Stafford
This time next year, Indiana may join the majority of states that collect DNA samples from people arrested on suspicion of committing felonies, rather than only from those convicted. Lawmakers who’ve been stymied are encouraged by a Supreme Court of the United States decision upholding the practice.
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