PA district attorneys seeking new DNA technology

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Several local district attorneys are petitioning for new DNA technology that could expedite investigations.

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Currently, DNA samples are sent away to federal offices and can take 9-to-12 months to process.

Beaver County DA David Lozier said it recently held up a local rape case involving a minor.

"We had DNA from the rape kit and from other objects, such as her clothing," he said.

However, the DNA results didn’t come back for months.

"Now you're nine months after the event, and you're just now putting the individual into the criminal justice system".

That's why Lozier is one of about a dozen DAs from western PA asking for a federal grant to fund rapid DNA machines that give preliminary results in 90 minutes.

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