Colo. police required to preserve biological evidence

Panel finishes weighing new evidence rules 
By Miles Moffeit
The Denver Post 
DENVER, Colo. — Colorado police agencies and laboratories would be required to preserve DNA evidence collected in the most severe felony crimes if lawmakers take a cue from a gubernatorial task force.

But law enforcement officials would not face criminal sanctions if they improperly dispose of materials.

The recommendations, hashed out Tuesday, mark the first formal agreement among 23 members of Bill Ritter's DNA working group and would rewrite the current statute containing no obligation to save biological evidence.

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