avery jan 7 2005 gbpg
Avery task force proposes legislation on DNA testing The Associated Press MADISON Court-ordered DNA tests like the one that cleared Steven Avery who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit would move to the front of the line at the state crime lab under pro posed legislation a task force endorsed Thursday The group, which has spent the last year studying ways to prevent cases like Avery's from happening again, also wants lawmakers to require police departments to adopt improved eyewitness identification procedures. Avery, of Two Rivers, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for raping a woman on a Lake Michigan beach. After a judge issued a court order to allow DNA testing on hairs taken from the crime scene, it took 1 Vi years for the state crime lab to match the DNA with the genetic profile of another. Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, chairman of the task force, said the change would apply to a limited number of cases but was critical to prevent others from going through what Avery did. "They should go to the front of the line; get the tests done," he said.