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House Approves Post-conviction DNA Act

February 22, 2013

Legislation approved unanimously by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would allow an individual who is convicted of a crime to file a motion to request forensic DNA testing of any biological material associated with the crime.

“Oklahoma is currently the only state that does not have a postconviction DNA process in place,” said state Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing), the bill’s author. “This legislation creates that process and thus makes it even more difficult for mistakes to fall through the cracks.”

House Bill 1068, by Denney, sets up a criteria for who would be eligible and provides for a hearing to determine if testing should occur. The legislation requires the court to hold a hearing if the DNA testing results are favorable to the offender.

House Bill 1068 was approved by a vote of 98-0. It will now proceed to the Senate to await a committee hearing.

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