Louisville police see value in testing old rape kits
Louisville police have reversed course and decided to send an extra 463 rape kits to be tested by Kentucky State Police.
In total, the department is sending 1,386 untested kits after being prompted by state legislators who are mandating a statewide count of untested rape kits. The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/24WZHrl ) the 463 extra kits in Louisville were old kits involving dead suspects, deceased or uncooperative victims, or victims who did not want to pursue criminal charges.
But Lt. Carolyn Nunn, commander of the Special Victims Unit, recently attended a conference where she learned that lab officials in other cities who had old rape kits tested sometimes led to DNA matches in other states. Nunn says attending the conference "opened my eyes."