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Oklahoma Senate Panel OKs DNA Testing Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some convicted criminals could request DNA testing of evidence in their case under a bill that is heading to the full Senate for consideration.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-0 on Tuesday for the Postconviction DNA Act by Stillwater Republican Sen. Jim Halligan.

Halligan says the latest version of the bill that surfaced Tuesday in the committee was the product of negotiations between prosecutors, defense attorneys and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The bill applies to criminals who either were convicted of a violent crime or are serving at least 25 years in prison.

Oklahoma County's Chief Public Defender Bob Ravitz says advances in DNA testing techniques often make it possible to test evidence in cases that previously could not be tested.

Online:

House Bill 1068: http://bit.ly/10bdshw

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