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Why it took so long for Officers to connect Richard Aguirre to the murder from 1986

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Richard Aguirre appears in court on Tuesday prior to his arrest Richard Aguirre appears in court on Tuesday prior to his arrest
SPOKANE, Wash. -

 From a Pasco Police Officer to a suspected killer. Spokane Police arrested 51-year-old Aguirre for a murder that happened in Spokane in 1986. Last month they had collected his D.N.A for a separate case, but when they pulled it up in a database it linked to the cold case homicide. However, Aguirre became an officer two years after the murder. So why did it take so long to connect him to the crime? Back in the 1980's police departments did not collect D.N.A from potential hires. That technology wasn't available until the mid 1990's. 

Now, to join the SPD you have to take a polygraph test, psychological testing, and bank your D.N.A that would go into a database so if someone was hired today and their DNA matched a crime scene in Alabama the system would recognize it. The back ground tests take about 3 months and only 1 out of every 25 candidates ends up Qualifying. 

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