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Ruidoso News: Katie’s Law gets well-deserved pass, signing

The 112th Congress, which wrapped up last week, will go down as one of the, if not the least-productive in modern history. It was a place where even good legislation typically fell victim to partisan gridlock.

The fact that they were able to get Katie’s Law passed in this Congress, which President Obama signed into law Thursday, is a testament to the perseverance of Dave and Jayann Sepich of Carlsbad and many others from our state, both Republicans and Democrats, who banded together in an effort to try to keep other parents from experiencing the pain and trauma they did when NMSU graduate student Katie Sepich was murdered in Las Cruces in 2003.

Ever since, Katie’s parents have been working to get the law changed so that police collect a DNA sample of those arrested, just like they take fingerprints. Those samples are then stored in a database and can be matched against evidence taken at future crime scenes.

It was just such evidence that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Gabriel Avila in Katie’s murder.