Effect of Detroit crime lab investigation felt statewide

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Detroit Police Department's decision to temporarily suspend firearms investigations conducted by its crime lab amid questions about possible mishandled evidence has led to a statewide delay in criminal forensic work.

The Detroit News reports Monday that added work from Detroit and a related audit of 270 Detroit gun cases from the past year will tie up many Michigan State Police forensic technicians.

The newspaper says Detroit gets about 50 new gun cases per week, and the State Police labs in Michigan have a 120-day backlog of more than 1,200 firearms cases.

Meanwhile, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has brought all gun cases in Detroit to a standstill in an effort to stem a deluge of appeals from defense lawyers while Detroit lab's work is reviewed.

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