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Delaware Officials Eye Why DNA Samples Weren't Entered into Database

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 1:02 PM -04:00 Updated:
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Delaware officials are investigating why 1,600 criminal DNA samples, some more than a decade old, languished for years without being entered into a national database.           

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security, which oversees the Division of Forensic Science, says the investigation began this week.           

But a member of the Commission of Forensic Science, which oversees the division, called for an independent review, noting that the mistake was kept secret for years.           

A worker found the samples in 2014, just after the newly created division assumed responsibility for the state medical examiner's office following an evidence-tampering scandal.           

The samples included that of convicted sex offender Kili Mayfield, who was charged this year with three rapes, two occurring while his DNA sample sat untested.

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