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Oklahoma House rejects bill to expand DNA database

By SEAN MURPHY Published: March 5, 2014
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/articleid/3940125/1/pictures/2005467">Photo - Rep. Lee Denney Halligan and Denney are authors of House Bill 1068, which has been dubbed the “Post-conviction DNA Act.
Rep. Lee Denney Halligan and Denney are authors of House Bill 1068, which has been dubbed the “Post-conviction DNA Act.

The case remained unsolved for nearly a decade until a Norman man, Anthony Castillo Sanchez, was convicted of second-degree burglary and forced to submit a state-mandated DNA sample while serving his sentence at a Lawton prison. That DNA matched evidence taken from the scene of Busken’s murder and led to Castillo’s murder conviction and death sentence.

Denney said she talked to Busken’s parents, Bud and Mary Jean Busken, about their support for the measure.

“They didn’t want just someone arrested,” said Denney, her voice quavering with emotion. “They wanted the man who brutalized their daughter arrested.”

Convicted criminals in Oklahoma already are required to submit DNA samples, but Denney’s bill would expand it to include those arrested for a list of crimes, including violent felonies and crimes against children.

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House Bill 2638: http://bit.ly/1c9DLRn


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