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What's Rep. Dawn Creekmore running for?

Same question, Rep. Darrin Williams.

LITTLE ROCK – The parents of a murdered Saline County  woman will join a lawmaker at a press conference at 3:30 p.m. today (February 16) in the Capitol rotunda announcing the filing of a bill to greatly expand the collection of DNA in certain criminal investigations.

A bill by Rep. Dawn Creekmore of East End will require police to collect DNA evidence from every suspect arrested in a felony case involving another person, such as rape, sexual assault and kidnapping, and burglary. Collection of evidence generally is limited now to the person upon being charged.

Juli Busken of Benton, a ballerina, was killed in 1996 while attending the University of Oklahoma. A DNA profile was the key to finding Busken’s killer.  Authorities said evidence on Busken’s underwear and a pink leotard yielded a DNA profile that eventually was entered into a state DNA database. In 2004, state investigators found a match between the profile and a newer profile taken from Anthony Sanchez when he entered the prison system on a burglary conviction. He was convicted of murdering Buskin in 2006 and sentenced to death.

LITTLE ROCK – Today members of the Stop Metal Theft Coalition praised Rep. Darrin Williams (D – Little Rock) for introducing a bill that will help deter metal thieves in Arkansas.

The bill would require scrap dealers to record more information about the seller and upload it into an electronic database. It would prohibit the sale of certain materials, particularly those that have been altered to conceal theft. It would prohibit cash payments and increase penalties for known thieves and penalize disreputable dealers who knowingly buy from them.

WHO: Stop Metal Theft Coalition
WHEN: Monday, February 16
3 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol
Old Supreme Court
(2nd floor Senate side)

The Stop Metal Theft Coalition is a group of businesses, industries and citizens who have been affected by the dramatic increase in metal theft in past few years. They include, but are not limited to: Arkansas Farm Bureau, Windstream, AT&T, Arkansas Municipal League, Home Builders of Greater Little Rock, Business Office Managers Association, Arkansas Realtors Association, Little Rock Landlords Association, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Cable Association, City of Little Rock, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives and the Arkansas Recyclers Association, Inc.

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