The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has decided to stop sending DNA samples to private laboratories. The decision comes in light of a mistake that allowed the DNA sample of Anthony Sowell, now charged with several murders, to go missing without being entered in a national database.
The goal is to have all testing done at the state lab by the end of the year.
Sowell’s sample, among thousands, was sent through the U.S. Mail to a lab in northern Virginia. The Fairfax Identity Laboratory, which the state of Ohio had paid more than $1 million from 1997 to 2006, alerted the state this year that 200 DNA samples that had been submitted were never tested.