ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Legislation named after a slain New Mexico State University student was signed into law by President Obama Thursday.
The Katie Sepich enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 creates incentives for states if they implement programs to collect DNA from people arrested or charged with serious crimes.
In most states DNA is only collected if a person is convicted.
Katie Sepich was raped and murdered in 2003.
At the time New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrests and her killer, Gabriel Avila, was not identified until three years later when he was convicted of another crime.
Some brazen thieves made off with a man's prized possession, and now the victim is hoping for some holiday justice. Little did the suspects' know, their entire crime was caught on camera.
Ice and fog shut down both U.S. Highway 82 and U.S. 285 in southeastern New Mexico late Saturday afternoon with no indication of when they will reopen.
Mugshots from local New Mexico authorities from December 2013.
A correctional officer is recovering after he says he was brutally attacked while on duty by an inmate at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.
After a solid win versus Rio Grande rival NMSU earlier in the week, the Lobos continue their tough play defeating Cincinnati 63-54.
Holly Holm now has six MMA victories as part of a perfect record.