In California, Lonnie Franklin Jr., the serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," was caught when his son's DNA was entered into the California's database after he was convicted of a weapons charge. Franklin was charged with 10 counts of murder and other charges between 1985 and 2007. The success of familial searches has caught the attention of other states. On October 15th, the Virginia's Forensic Board asked lawmakers to consider implementing and funding familial DNA searching to help identify criminal suspects. The board that oversees the State's Department of Forensic Science voted unanimously to petition the General Assembly to approve familial DNA searches.
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