OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation signed into law today will not only allow police to solve more crimes, but also provide closure to the families of murder victims, state Rep. Lee Denney said today.

            “Justice delayed is justice denied for the families of victims,” Denney said. “To know that the person who killed your loved one remains unidentified and free is a terrible burden. By using DNA, we can identify more of these criminals, arrest them, and provide closure to many Oklahoma families.”

            Denney has fought for several years to require more criminals to provide DNA samples to police.

            Senate Bill 1102, which contains language Denney authored, would expand existing law requiring DNA samples to include individuals convicted of certain violent misdemeanor crimes as well as illegal aliens upon arrest for any crime.

            Gov. Brad Henry signed the bill into law Wednesday.