TN senator proposes bill to eliminate TBI rape kit backlog

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — State senator London Lamar has drafted a bill that would require the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation test rape kits within 30 days of them being received.

The proposed bill comes four months after the abduction and murder of Eliza Fletcher, who was kidnapped as she went on a morning run near the University of Memphis.

If the bill becomes law, the crime lab would have to come up with a plan within 45 days on how it would clear the current backlog of rape kits.

The proposed law comes after attorneys for Alicia Franklin filed a lawsuit against the city of Memphis in which the claim was made Fletcher’s murder may not have occured if Franklin’s rape kit had been tested in a timely manner.

The proposed law would also require the crime lab expunge a record of DNA once it becomes known a rape kit has not been tied to a crime.