Report: Lab tech knew procedures weren’t heeded

Houston Skyline (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston Skyline (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston crime laboratory technician blamed for leaving behind dozens of questionable test results admitted to colleagues that he knew he wasn’t following proper procedures after results from one of his tests were found faulty.

The admission is contained in a Houston Police Department internal investigation report reviewed this week by the Houston Chronicle.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has informed attorneys in 185 criminal cases, including 53 murders or capital murders, that the DNA lab technician resigned after testing irregularities were found. Seven cases were murder convictions, but none of the defendants received a death sentence. One was a capital case that ended in a life sentence. Another 120 cases are pending in the court system.

The technician wasn’t charged.

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