10:01 am - Wednesday December 13, 2017

Gov. Bill Ritter Praises Sen. Morse’s Law Enforcement Work

Cites “Katie’s Law” as Prime Example

Gov. Bill Ritter, a former Denver District Attorney, today praised
Sen. John Morse’s work on law enforcement issues throughout his career
at the legislature and pointed to the 2009 “Katie’s Law” as a prime

“Katie’s Law” allows law enforcement to collect DNA cheek swab samples
from felony suspects during their booking process.  Senator Morse was
the sponsor of the law, which won broad bipartisan support.

“This is a law that gives police and prosecutors a powerful tool to
help make arrests and get convictions. As a former police officer and
police chief, he knows what’s necessary to help get repeat dangerous
felons off the street, ” said Gov. Ritter.

In the first few months that “Katie’s Law” was in effect, Colorado
Springs police made arrests in 10 unsolved crimes after matching DNA
samples. Last fall, a Denver man was linked through DNA swabs to three
sexual assaults dating back to 2008. In June, a 22-year old man was
charged with two felonies in Denver after his DNA was matched from an
Adams County arrest.

“In the legislature, John Morse has been a leader in passing tough
laws to crack down on repeat felons and child sexual predators. He has
a solid record on these issues and has represented Colorado Springs
well,” said Ritter.

“Katie’s Law” is named for Katie Sepich, a 22-year old woman who was
raped and murdered in Las Cruces, NM. Her killer was tied to the crime
by a DNA sample obtained when he was arrested for another felony three
years after her death.



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