Renewed push to test rape kit DNA in Kentucky leads to two indictments

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WYKYT) - After DNA genealogy led to the arrest of the Golden State Killer, investigators in Kentucky are now looking into how the new tool can end decades-old cases in the Bluegrass.

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A couple years ago an audit revealed more than three thousand untested sexual assault kits in the state.

Our sister station WKYT reports Attorney General Andy Beshear's office has a cold case unit devoted to helping those victims.

"For victims, it is both challenging to reopen these cases but it is a chance to get justice," said Gretchen Hunt with the Office of Victim's Advocacy.

All 3,300 kits have now been tested, leading to two indictments, including one that is tied to multiple crimes.

Lead prosecutor Dana Todd said it takes more than one factor to solve a case favorably, but that improvements in forensic technology certainly help.

So far, all of the backlogged cases have been submitted for testing.

If you are a victim of sexual assault you are encouraged to call police or the victim's hotline at 800-372-2551 or 502-696-5619.



 
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