GBI using federal grant to organize DNA evidence
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grant is expected to help the Georgia Bureau of Investigation organize evidence that could help solve cold cases and exonerate those who may have been wrongfully convicted.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the GBI is using a $424,000 federal grant to begin organizing DNA samples taken during sexual assault cases from decades ago.

The Georgia Innocence Project and district attorneys will be able to review evidence to identify potential cold case suspects, and use DNA evidence to possibly exonerate those who may have been wrongfully convicted.

George Herrin, director of the GBI Crime Lab, says he expects the database to streamline the evidence gathering process.

The GBI vault now holds about 20,000 DNA samples from crime scenes dating back to the 1980s and 90s.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com



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