Okla. committee approves post-conviction DNA tests

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow convicted criminals to request DNA testing of evidence in their cases.

Oklahoma is currently the only state with no such law on its books. The bill already passed the House in February and now heads to the full Senate.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-0 for the bill Wednesday. Rep. Lee Denney first introduced the measure.

The bill would apply to people convicted of violent felonies or who have received prison sentences of 25 years or more. It would allow them to request DNA testing of evidence and more testing if new technology becomes available.

Oklahoma County Chief Public Defender Bob Ravitz says 300 people have been exonerated nationally thanks to DNA testing, including about a dozen in Oklahoma.

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