Panel to consider post-conviction DNA tests
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Senate committee is expected to take up 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 Senate Committee on Appropriations is to consider the bill Wednesday morning. Rep. Lee Denney first introduced the measure in the House, where it passed in February without opposition.
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 additional 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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