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.

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RDog1
RDog1

More PROOF that Walker is NO Conservative; and, neither is Van Hollen!! Conservatives don't push agendas that create a POLICE STATE; Conservatives FIGHT for the opposite agenda of LIMITING the POWER of government!

BEWARE PEOPLE! Don't listen to all the emotion grabbing propaganda here!! Remember also that POLICE, at their whim, CAN CHARGE you with any crime they want to no matter what the evidence - Even knowing they can't get a conviction or even get a DA to prosecute the charge!!! They've been doing that for YEARS already to coerce plea bargains to make themselves look good from people willing to plead to a lessor charge, even when not guilty of anything, rather than trust modern ignorant or ideology driven juries to do the right thing.

ET
ET

DNA is collection is a good idea; but not for the criminals who leave their DNA at the scene of a crime. The military has been collecting DNA from all its members, millions, for over a decade and the world hasn't ended yet. Except for those few who have been caught as criminals.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

If I am not mistaken, the military's DNA data bases are not shared with civilian law enforcement. They are used for identification purposes only.

Monitor
Monitor

Lets start collecting DNA samples from everyone that owns an assault type weapon, everyone that has clips that hold more than 8 bullets, and every future gun to be sold. With that in mind, our Republican Governor is really onto something good in crime solving.

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