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Mar 5, 2013 7:26 AM by Jeff Langan

Colorado bill would require DNA from misdemeanor convicts

DENVER (AP) - A coalition of district attorneys says it supports collecting DNA from people convicted of misdemeanors.

State Rep. Dan Pabon is expected to unveil a bill at a news conference Tuesday.

DNA collected after a misdemeanor conviction would be entered into a database where it would be compared with DNA found at a crime scene. Colorado began collecting DNA from accused felons in 2010 under the so-called Katie's Law.

That law is credited with solving cold cases and stopping repeat offenders.

Colorado District Attorneys Council executive director Tom Raynes says the bill would include safeguards to protect civil liberties.

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