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Supreme court decision for DNA testing during arrests could mean changes in W.Va.

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- The Supreme Court voted earlier this week, 5-4, that it is constitutional for police to take DNA samples of criminal suspects right after arresting them. 

For people in Virginia, a state law already supports that ruling, but in West Virginia DNA can only be taken from suspects after conviction.

Some people say the DNA swab is an invasion of privacy, while others stand by the notion that it's in the best interest of public safety.

"There have been DNS testing of people that has led to the solving of old murder cases or old sexual assault cases where they didn't really have a suspect, but they had a DNA sample from the person that has committed the crime," says Lt. Larry Lilly with the Raleigh County Sheriff's Dept. 

Police also say this is a way of bringing 21st century technology into their investigations. 

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