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Nearly 5,000 rape kits sent out for testing

October 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it cut the backlog of rape evidence kits, finished counting, and sent out nearly 5,000 kits for testing. Two years ago, news of the backlog sparked controversy.

Since then, 4,763 kits have been sent out for testing by a number of labs.

Once tested, authorities said they were going to search for matches through a national database.

Supervisors claimed the backlog was due to a poor monitoring system.