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After being convicted of kidnapping, burglary, rape, and criminal sodomy, defendant Jack Goldsmith filed a request for postconviction DNA testing. The district court ordered the testing pursuant to an agreement of the parties to test thirty-five items. The state conducted testing on only one of the items, a pair of blue sweatpants. The result of the testing was unfavorable to Goldsmith. Without granting a hearing, on unilateral request of the state, the district court dismissed the motion. Goldsmith appealed. The court of appeals reversed and remanded. On review, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals and reversed the decision of the district court, holding that when a district court has issued an order for postconviction forensic DNA testing of multiple items of evidence, the state may not unilaterally discontinue testing after obtaining a single result unfavorable to the defense, nor may the district court automatically dismiss the petition. Remanded.