TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 18, 2015

The latest update on the city’s rape kit backlog was disclosed during a Memphis City Council committee meeting Tuesday, the Commercial Appeal reports. A total of 5,386 kits, or 43.5 percent of all kits found, have been tested or are at the lab awaiting testing. Another 1,965 kits cannot be processed for DNA, which means they essentially are finished and the victims they represent will be left without a case to pursue. That leaves 6,988 kits still to be tested. The work done so far has been productive says Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, noting that police have initiated 352 investigations, secured 58 indictments and made 20 arrests.