"By not getting this right away and allowing him to go back out there, he's committed more (crimes)," says Helsper. "Those wouldn't have been done at all."
For now, the charges against Runyan in Harvey County have been dropped. However, Yoder says he plans to refile charges against Runyan soon and file for Runyan's extradition back to Kansas when his legal matters in Arizona are finished.
Reaction from Attorney General Steve Six (courtesy: Ron Sylvester, Wichita Eagle)
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, who oversees the KBI, says he's continuing to try to secure more funding for the KBI labs. He says a law passed during the spring legislative session may help.
Currently, every convicted felon is required to pay a $100 fee that goes to help fund KBI crime lab testing, but only five to 10 percent of criminals pay the fee. The new law passed in April strengthens the state's ability to collect the fee.