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VOL. 129 | NO. 75 | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Memphis Making Progress on Rape Kit Testing

ADRIAN SAINZ | Associated Press

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MEMPHIS (AP) – City officials say they have tested more than 4,000 sexual assault kits and generated 14 indictments from evidence found in them, as they try to reduce a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits that sat untested since the 1980s.

Officials are holding an information session Wednesday to update the public about efforts to reduce the backlog, days after the state Legislature declined to provide $2 million for rape kit testing in Tennessee. Word of the backlog emerged last year, and it has led to a lawsuit from rape victims seeking justice in their cases.

Experts say Memphis has one of the nation's largest known backlogs.

According to statistics provided by the city, more than 4,000 kits have been tested for serology, and 30 have been examined for DNA.

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