Senate OKs Taking DNA Samples From Suspects In Violent Crimes

Nashville (AP) -- The state senate passed a bill to require anyone arrested for a violent crime to give a DNA sample that would be placed in a statewide database.

The measure was sponsored by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville in response to the unsolved murder of Johnia Berry in December 2004.

Berry was stabbed to death only 12 days before she was to receive a degree with honors from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She was 21.

She was attacked by a knife-wielding man in her Knoxville apartment.

Berry's parents attended the Senate session and pressed Ramsey's voting button to help unanimously pass the bill.

The companion measure is scheduled for consideration in the Budget Subcommittee of the House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

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