Inmate exoneration leads to NC crime lab probe

2 ex-FBI officials will probe labs practices after missed results


By Martha Waggoner
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's attorney general has ordered an independent review of the state's crime lab following revelations about practices there that led to the exoneration of a man wrongly accused of murder.

Attorney General Roy Cooper told The Associated Press on Friday that two former assistant directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review the lab's practices. Cooper says the review of cases dating to the 1990s will begin in about a week.

State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin Pendergraft told the AP last month the lab once had policy of not automatically providing complete notes on blood test results for trials.

The practices became known last month during a hearing that freed Greg Taylor after more than 16 years in prison.

 

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