Saturday, December 23, 2006


There's been a major break in the 2003 case of the Las Cruces murder that last year sparked major changes to the state's DNA collection laws.

Police in Las Cruces have arrested a suspect in the rape and murder of Katie Sepich, 20-year-old New Mexico State University who disappeared after a party at NMSU. The district attorney says Gabriel Adrian Avila, 27, has confessed.

Katie's parents, Dave and Jayann Sepich were at the Legisalture practically every day earlier this year lobbying for "Katie's Law," which requires law enforcement to collect DNA from all adults arrested for certain felonies. Currently DNA is collected only from those convicted of felonies. The law passed and was signed by the governor.

And, yes, DNA evidence is what led police to Avila -- although Katie's Law itself hasn't yet gone into effect.

Read the whole story HERE.

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