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N.C. DNA database yields record number of matches

Posted November 10, 2010

— Investigators this year have matched a record number of DNA samples collected from crime scenes to profiles in the state’s DNA database.

As of Oct. 31, 379 people have been linked to homicides, rapes and other crimes across the state– more than 100 more hits than in all of 2009 – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday.

The database, which is part of a national DNA database, contains more than 200,000 samples and includes profiles from all convicted North Carolina felons since 2003. It has helped solve more than 1,800 cases.

The number of profiles will continue to grow.

Legislation that takes effect in February will allow law enforcement officials to take DNA samples from suspects facing certain felony charges, specifically violent and sex-related crimes.

Cooper has projected that, in the first year of the law being in place, authorities could solve as many as 100 cold cases.

Meanwhile, State Bureau of Investigation’s Director Greg McLeod has ordered an outside review of the SBI’s DNA work.

The move comes following a report this year that found serious flaws in the way SBI crime lab agents reported blood samples in hundreds of cases, including three that ended in executions.

The SBI says previous audits over the past 20 years have found the DNA analysis meets national standards set by the FBI, but the outside audit is part of an overall evaluation of all the SBI crime lab’s practices


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  • stwatson Nov 11, 2010


    Yes...it has happened before and yes it happens today. I mean even our own CIA can't keep their databases safe...its just not secure. And I am being realistic...I am 100% for people who are under investigation for a felony to give DNA. THATS FINE! But for EVERYONE to give their DNA at birth...no thank you. I do want to have some privacy in that regard. Think of employers that could gain access to the information and refuse to hire you based on medical liabilities from DNA information. Think of health insurance not covering certain procedures due to evidence found in your genome. I mean they even do it NOW on the organ donor list...if you are predestined do have problems then you get bumped down the list. Same story different day.

    Maybe you should start thinking a little more realistically.

  • Massdaddy Nov 11, 2010

    Don't do the crime, and you won't have to do any time!

  • TheDude abides... Nov 10, 2010

    "Legislation that takes effect in February will allow law enforcement officials to take DNA samples from suspects facing certain felony charges"

    Steal my DNA profile just because I live in the vicinity of a crime? I dont think so!!!

    Take my blood and I get to take yours. Sounds like an even trade.

    LEOs believe they should MANAGE our freedoms for us. Problem is, they are not perfect and are lazy govt workers who will use this to make their jobs EASIER.

    Give LEOs everything they need to get their job done easily, without having to use REAL policework. Before long a monkey will be able to investigate at the same level as human LEOs!

  • working for deadbeats Nov 10, 2010

    That pesky DNA!!!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 10, 2010

    I would question the validity of these results knowing that the SBI can't be trusted.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure.

  • WolfPackAlum Nov 10, 2010

    "It is just a matter of time before everyone is in the DNA database. I am actually pretty ok with that since it is so effective. If you are not causing trouble, you would really not have anything to worry about now would you? All of the privacy freaks that say you should not give up anything are just being unrealistic and obstinate in today's world."-BigUNCFan

    It is authoritarian followers like you who are the biggest threat to freedom in this country. Your leaders promise you safety as long as you are willing to give them more control. Because it doesn't really affect you, right?

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

  • kewlmom Nov 10, 2010

    Well, the slide down the slippery slope is starting. Keep giving it away folks piece by piece.

  • The Fox Nov 10, 2010

    This is great since a few do a multitude of repeat crimes.
    Keep going.

  • mulecitybabe Nov 10, 2010

    Mugu, your post is racist.

  • didisaythat Nov 10, 2010


    There are possiblilties for everything. But let's be realistic. I just cannot see where someone would have the ability to take information from a database and use it against what one person, a group, what? We have databases for just about everything. Is there a risk for criminal doing? Yes. Do we see any? No. I see the risk about as great as fingerprints. What can be done. Do you really think some police take blood and splash it at scenes? AKA OJ Simpson. Come on. The Gov't was also not behind 9/11 if you were wondering.