Okla. Lawmakers Near Passage of DNA Testing Bill

May 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted criminals who maintain their innocence would have a way to seek DNA testing in their cases under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. The bill's passage would eliminate Oklahoma's dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without such a program.

The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Thursday for the Postconviction DNA Act, which allows those convicted of violent felonies or who have been sentenced to 25 years or more in prison to file a motion in court to request forensic DNA testing in their case.

The bill still must be approved by the Senate before being sent to the governor. It was the product of negotiations between prosecutors, defense attorneys and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.