Texas Code of Criminal Procedure - Article 64.03. Requirements; Testing
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Art. 64.03. REQUIREMENTS; TESTING. (a) A convicting court
may order forensic DNA testing under this chapter only if:
(1) the court finds that:
(A) the evidence:
(i) still exists and is in a condition making DNA testing
(ii) has been subjected to a chain of custody sufficient to
establish that it has not been substituted, tampered with,
replaced, or altered in any material respect; and
(B) identity was or is an issue in the case; and
(2) the convicted person establishes by a preponderance of
the evidence that:
(A) the person would not have been convicted if exculpatory
results had been obtained through DNA testing; and
(B) the request for the proposed DNA testing is not made to
unreasonably delay the execution of sentence or administration of
(b) A convicted person who pleaded guilty or nolo contendere
in the case may submit a motion under this chapter, and the
convicting court is prohibited from finding that identity was not
an issue in the case solely on the basis of that plea.
(c) If the convicting court finds in the affirmative the
issues listed in Subsection (a)(1) and the convicted person meets
the requirements of Subsection (a)(2), the court shall order that
the requested forensic DNA testing be conducted. The court may
order the test to be conducted by the Department of Public Safety,
by a laboratory operating under a contract with the department, or,
on agreement of the parties, by another laboratory.
(d) If the convicting court orders that the forensic DNA
testing be conducted by a laboratory other than a Department of
Public Safety laboratory or a laboratory under contract with the
department, the State of Texas is not liable for the cost of
testing. If the court orders that the testing be conducted by a
laboratory described by this subsection, the court shall include in
the order requirements that:
(1) the DNA testing be conducted under reasonable
conditions designed to protect the integrity of the evidence and
the testing process;
(2) the DNA testing employ a scientific method sufficiently
reliable and relevant to be admissible under Rule 702, Texas Rules
of Evidence; and
(3) on completion of the DNA testing, the results of the
testing and all data related to the testing required for an
evaluation of the test results be immediately filed with the court
and copies of the results and data be served on the convicted person
and the attorney representing the state.
(e) The convicting court, not later than the 30th day after
the conclusion of a proceeding under this chapter, shall forward
the results to the Department of Public Safety.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 2, eff. April 5, 2001.
Subsec. (a) amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 13, Sec. 3, eff.
Sept. 1, 2003.
Last modified: August 11, 2007