Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday will be the milder of the two days. Sun and clouds will be the rule with early weekend highs in the mid 80s. Back to the low to mid 90s on Sunday!
SAN ANTONIO (January 2, 2013)--Technology and an expanding DNA database have helped solve more crimes in Texas, experts say.
The San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday that 643 homicides are among the Texas cases solved with assistance from the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.
Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said many of the crimes might never have been solved if not for the DNA database.
Registered sex offenders, convicted felons and youths in the Texas juvenile justice system must provide samples.
Texas averaged about 200 matches annually during the first five years after the national database was created in 1996.
Records show that number rose to an average 1,000 hits annually for the next 10 years.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences uses computer automation to help process about 400 samples monthly.
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