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Associated Press, Published June 04 2012

Minn. state crime agents reviewing cold cases with new DNA techniques

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is using new technology in DNA testing to renew its focus on solving cold cases in the state.

BCA Senior Special Agent Drew Evans tells the Rochester Post-Bulletin that officials have been focusing on cold cases over the last six months, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The BCA now has a scientist dedicated to cold cases full-time. Evans says about 100 cases are being re-examined.

One of those cases is the 1989 murder of Peter Kapitula in Olmsted County. Officials say evidence, including Kapitula's clothes, may go through another round of testing.

Evans says new techniques allow investigators to work with increasingly smaller amounts of DNA, so they can now test evidence that couldn't be tested before.