Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday credited the parents of slain UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann with providing the impetus for his budget proposal to expand DNA collection in the state to anyone arrested for a felony or convicted of a crime.
Currently in the state, DNA is collected only from people convicted of felonies and some misdemeanors.
Supporters say expanding collection would help solve cases in which authorities have DNA from a crime scene but have not matched it to a suspect in a federal database.
Walker said Kevin and Jean Zimmermann of Marshfield, who have been active in pushing for the measure, remain hopeful that "a broader database of DNA samples might make it possible for them to find the person or persons who killed their daughter" and "to prevent other families from going through what they went through" by helping to prevent such crimes.
Police have not made an arrest in the April 2, 2008 death of Zimmermann, 21, who was found strangled and stabbed in her Downtown apartment.
In 2010, two of three men convicted of a July 9, 2008, break-in at the Blue Moon Bar and Grill, 2535 University Ave., told the Wisconsin State Journal that detectives told them forensic evidence shows there was a fourth burglar who also was involved in the Zimmermann homicide.
On Wednesday, one of the three convicted in the Blue Moon burglary, Ryan K. Cook, 21, of Madison, was charged in Dane County Circuit Court with 10 felony counts stemming from a series of break-ins and thefts on May 19, 2008 in the High Point Office Park, 579 D'Onofrio Drive.
According to a criminal complaint, DNA found in the fingertip of a latex glove in one of the rooms entered was matched to Cook. Two hand guns were taken from Attoe-Watson & Co., which was providing security for the building. Television screens, telephones, computers, cameras and other items valued at more than $18,500 also were taken from other businesses.