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Illinois Senate committee hearing highlights DNA processing backlog in Chicago murder cases

State police also said they have an overall crime backlog of 13,390 cases. They estimate that, with increased staffing, it will take 5 years to eliminate their backlog.

Funding would be the next challenge. Van Pelt said she plans to be a fierce advocate for that in Springfield. She plans to hold another hearing on the matter in the spring.

“There is a lot of people that are concerned. It’s just that, we didn’t even know that the analysis was that far behind. We didn’t know it was years late. That has come to the light. We’re putting it on the front burner so we can change that. Whatever needs to happen, we want to make it happen,” Van Pelt said.


Last month, Carmia Tang said her son Jeremy’s case has still not been processed. He was murdered in September 2017 and she said that the “The DNA may give justice.”

On Monday, she echoed those concerns to state leaders.

“It started about Jeremey and I wanted to fight for Jeremy but it’s so much bigger than that now. It’s about everybody,” Tang testified.
Reginice McBride lost her son, 36-year-old Ronald James, last year. The father of five was shot in the head during a robbery near the United Center while he was in his car.

“They told me they have the DNA from a mask a young man wore,” McBride said through tears. “I want justice for my child. I want justice for my grandchildren.”

McBride said she’s spent sleepless nights waiting for his case to be solved and has been told that police have DNA evidence on a shirt and a mask that two of the three assailants were possibly wearing.

“It’s a feeling of distrust. I don’t trust them. I feel like they can get it out and it depends on whose case it is. It’s like my son’s life or my son’s case is not that important to them and a lot of other children. If we’re not high-profile cases, then we’re nobody,” McBride said.

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