DNA backlog includes 23 homicides 

Evidence that could link a killer’s DNA to a criminal database has been backlogged in 23 cases, according to a report by Assistant Police Chief Jeff Godown.

Out of the 374 cases backlogged at the Police Department’s testing lab, 23 are homicides, 86 are sexual assaults, 187 are burglary, 13 are robbery and the rest are miscellaneous crimes.

Those cases reach back as far as 2005, Godown said. There are seven rapes from 2005 that have yet to be tested, for example. There could be even more, he added, but the Department’s computer system doesn’t track DNA cases from before 2005.

Police Chief George Gascon has called for the backlog to be cleared at outside labs. That process is expected to take a year.

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