Money headed to local law enforcement to solve cold cases with DNA
BATON ROUGE- More than 20 people have been killed in Baton Rouge so far this year.
And now the special unit set-up to crack cases gets extra money to work on unsolved crimes.
State Police are spreading almost $250,000 in federal grant money across four parishes, about half of it will stay in Baton Rouge, where there are some 400 cases sitting unsolved on a shelf dating as far back as the 60s and 70s.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office will be using $45,000 to pay its lab technician at the state crime lab over-time to review cold cases just for the sheriff's office. Baton Rouge Police will put their $45,000 in the pockets of homicide investigators, who are part of the Violent Crimes Unit, to work over-time on open case files.
"You don't ever let those things go," said EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, "Just say 'oh that's ten years old we'll forget about it.' I don't think any investigator worth his or her salt just says there's nothing we can do with it."
"No agency likes to have a back-log of cold cases," said Sgt. Don Stone with Baton Rouge Police, "We would like to clear every case as soon as possible and as time goes on and these new ideas develop, that helps us clear cases."
The Baton Rouge Metro Council will vote on the money in two weeks. It should go straight to work on files and evidence if approved.