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New Mexico crime lab clears rape kit backlog, governor says

 

December 14, 2018



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's crime lab has cleared a backlog of nearly 1,400 rape kits that can be crucial in assisting investigations into sexual assaults, Gov. Susan Martinez said Friday.

The governor said a combination of $1.2 million in grant funding and hiring two temporary forensic scientists helped officials clear the backlog of evidence kits that came to light following a 2015 audit.

At the time, the review revealed 5,300 rape kits had not been tested in New Mexico. Three-quarters of them were in Albuquerque police's crime lab, which operates separately from the state lab...



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