Posted at: 01/10/2013 11:50 AM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 5:29 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com
Photo: Tom Udall
President Barack Obama has signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University student who was raped and murdered in 2003.
At the time, New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees. Katie's killer was not identified until three years later, after his conviction for unrelated crimes.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced the legislation along with then-U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2011.
"Katie's parents have dedicated their lives to making sure their daughter's murder resulted in meaningful action," said Udall. "Today's bill signing is a credit to their work and determination and means that other states can set up DNA collection programs like New Mexico's to help catch dangerous criminals and prevent heartbreaking tragedies like Katie's from happening in the future."