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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:52pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The United States Supreme Court is heard arguments on a Maryland case Tuesday that would have implications on Katie's Law in New Mexico.
The court is considering whether the collection of DNA samples during the time of arrest is constitutional.
Maryland has a similar law to New Mexico's where police can can take DNA samples and use them in databases to help solve cold cases.
In New Mexico Katie's Law is named after Katie Sepich, a 22-year-old New Mexico State Univeristy student who was brutally murdered in 2003.
Family waited 3 years for her killer to be convicted before DNA sampling was allowed by law.
The New Mexico law requires anyone arrested for a felony to submit to a DNA sample.
The court's decision would have implications on more than 25 similar laws throughout the country.