Lawmakers take up Cold Case bill

8:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The bill that would create a Cold Case unit within the Maine Attorney General's office had its first hearing before the Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Relatives of murder victims whose cases have never been solved turned out to support the bill. Alice Hawkes brother, Darien Richardson's parents, Mary Tanner's brother. Those are just three of the 120 names on the list of the state's unsolved murders.

Art Jette, head of Parents of Murdered Children, said the names on that long list represent a lot of families out there still waiting for answers.

"Imagine if you will a hundred or more murderers who were released from prison or escaped . We would be in an uproar. We would want to make sure we gather them up as quickly as we could and it's even worse that we don't know who they are", he said.

While no one objects to the concept, some might to the price tag, about $450,000 a year. A few years ago lawmakers approved a similar unit within the state police, but it never recieved funding.



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