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3:06 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Martinez Wants DNA Samples After All Felony Arrests

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez proposes expanding state law to require DNA samples from people arrested for any felony.

Martinez made the announcement Monday at a news conference on her first business day as governor. She also reversed a decision by former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration to move a state DNA center to Santa Fe.

Martinez directed that equipment be returned to Albuquerque. She previously promised to take the action.

She will ask the Legislature to broaden a DNA sampling requirement enacted in 2006. It's called "Katie's Law" in memory of Kathryn "Katie" Sepich, a New Mexico State University student who was raped and killed in 2003.

Currently, DNA samples are required for those arrested of some felonies, such as murder, kidnapping and sex offenses.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.