ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Tuesday the nation's highest court will hear arguments about whether Katie's Law is constitutional.
It's a law that requires anyone arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample.
The law originated in New Mexico and state leaders are taking state interests to this fight.
The Supreme Court case is based on a Maryland ruling that said taking a DNA sample without a warrant violated a rape suspect's constitutional rights.
The case could determine how police and prosecutors are able to gather and use DNA evidence going forward.
Katie's Law was named for New Mexico state student Katie Sepich, who was brutally murdered in 2003
Despite DNA evidence, it took three years to find and convict her killer, even though he was arrested for other crimes in the meantime.
Since then, New Mexico passed a law requiring anyone arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample.
Governor Susana Martinez has filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the law and others like it are constitutional.
She says Katie's Law benefits justice.
"It also prevents future crimes because now the judge has the full picture of your criminal history and not just what you did in a snapshot," Martinez said.
Civil rights advocates including the ACLU argue taking DNA without a warrant and without a conviction violates the fourth amendment, the right against unreasonable search and seizure.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case tomorrow with a decision expected later this year.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.