NEW MEXICO — Katie's Law was implemented in January 2007
200 cold cases have been matched to felony arrestee DNA. The first match came one hour and fourteen minutes after the law went into effect—it matched a double homicide. James Mansuco has since been convicted of both of those murders.
Israel Diaz was arrested for burglary and his DNA matched the rape/murder of an eleven year old little girl. The match also exonerated Robert Gonzales who had been jailed for over two years awaiting trial for the murder.
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COLORADO — Katie's Law was implemented in September 2010
40 cases were matched in the first four months. Nine of those were to cold case rapes. Nine women now know the identity of their rapists and have hope for justice.
A non-violent felony robbery arrest in California resulted in a DNA match to crime scene DNA from a 2004 murder in Colorado. The suspect has been arrested and is awaiting trial.
CALIFORNIA — a man arrested for "receiving stolen property" was swabbed and his DNA matched DNA found at the scene of a 1977 rape and murder of an 80-year-old woman.
California is now averaging ten matches per day to their DNA database.
The 2004 cold case murder of Juanita Johnson was solved when her killer was tried and convicted after he was arrested for domestic violence and had to submit a DNA swab.
Donald Carter was convicted of the 1989 murder of Sophia McAllister after he was arrested for a narcotics charge. His DNA matched crime scene DNA found at the scene of McAllister's murder.
Christopher Rogers was arrested in April of 2009 in Sacramento for assault with a deadly weapon, a charge that was ultimately reduced to a misdemeanor. The conviction of this misdemeanor would not have required that his DNA be taken. But his DNA collected at the time of his felony arrest was matched to DNA taken at the scene of a 2004 murder in Sacramento. In October of 2010 Rogers was arrested and charged with that murder.
Octavia Castillo was arrested in February of 2011 for receiving stolen property. His DNA was taken, and he was released pending trial. His DNA matched the crime scene DNA for the violent kidnapping and sodomy of a 28-year old woman. He has since been arrested for that violent crime.
California's average number of monthly hits between offender DNA profiles and DNA profiles from unsolved crime scene samples has increased from 183 per month in 2008 (the year prior to the full implementation of arrestee DNA) to over 400 hits per month. This is an increase of over 125 percent.
With the advent of DNA taken upon felony arrest, California has cleared or aided in the investigation of over 50 percent of the unsolved cases added to its database between January 2009 and July 1, 2011—with over 9000 DNA matches between offender DNA database identification profiles and profiles from crime scene evidence.
VIRGINIA — a man arrested for "obtaining money by false pretenses" was swabbed and his DNA matched the DNA found at the scene of a 1991 violent beating homicide of a 53 year old woman.
Jorge Torrez was arrested in Virginia on robbery and abduction charges. His DNA matched the DNA found at the scene of the horrific slayings of two young girls in Zion, Illinois, which raised the possibility of exoneration for Jerry Hobbs who has been behind bars for five years for these slayings
Virginia has had almost 700 matches to their arrestee DNA database.
Taking DNA upon arrest for all felony crimes has been proven to solve crimes, prevent crimes, save lives, exonerate the innocent and save taxpayer dollars.