Review: Dozens of errors by Houston crime-scene investigator

AP News
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 1:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A review of crime-scene work shows a Houston police investigator made errors in 65 cases, including homicides and officer-involved shootings, dating back to October 2015.

The Harris County district attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday that it's notifying defense attorneys of the errors.

Authorities say the scope of the problem was revealed in a recent audit of the work conducted by the unidentified officer.

The audit covered 88 cases and found numerous instances of incomplete documentation, administrative mistakes and misplaced evidence.

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The cases include 26 homicides and five officer-involved shootings.

Authorities say the officer has been reassigned to a patrol division and a supervisor who did not notice various errors has been temporarily removed from oversight duties.