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Delaware: No Criminal Action in DNA/National Database Probe


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they've completed an investigation into why 1,600 criminal DNA samples were not entered into a national database for years.

The News Journal reports that Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe announced Monday that the Delaware Department of Justice determined no criminal action would be taken after reviewing his department's probe. Coupe says new policies will ensure it doesn't happen again.

A worker found the samples in 2014, just after a newly created division assumed responsibility for the state medical examiner's office following an evidence-tampering scandal. The samples were from 2001 to 2012. They include a sample from convicted sex offender Kili Mayfield, who was charged this year with three rapes, including two that occurred while his DNA sample sat untested.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.