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Oklahoma House Kills Mandatory DNA Testing of Accused Felons

Yale University


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would require persons arrested on a felony charge to submit their DNA.

The House voted 56-38 Monday against the measure. Its author, Republican Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing, kept it alive by asking members to reconsider their vote at a later date.

All states require DNA from people convicted of a serious felony. Denney's bill would extend that requirement to persons arrested on felony charges before they are brought to trial.

Denney says persons found innocent or whose charges are dismissed before trial would have their DNA samples destroyed under the measure. But opponents say there is no certainty that a person's DNA profile can be expunged once it has been entered into a database.