CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Police could obtain DNA samples of people arrested on felony charges under a bill unanimously approved by the Nevada Senate.
SB243 now goes to the Assembly and comes as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of such laws. A ruling is expected later this year.
The Nevada bill approved Monday is known as Brianna's Law in honor of Brianna Denison. The 19-year-old was kidnapped and later found murdered in 2008.
James Biela was arrested nine months later and eventually convicted and sentenced to death for killing Denison. He also was convicted of raping two other women in late 2007.
Supporters of the bill claim it may have saved Denison's life if it had been enacted earlier because Biela had a previous felony arrest.
A similar bill died in 2011.
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