Evidence Rooms in the News: October 2014

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in October 2014.

Farmington police say evidence storage worker stole cash, prescription drugs

October 17, 2014 - FARMINGTON, N.M. - An officer inquiring about evidence containing prescription medication, which turned out to be unaccounted for, sparked a criminal investigation and an audit of the Farmington Police Department's evidence room. A 28-year-old woman is now in custody for stealing money and prescription drugs from the evidence room.


Lackawanna murder “cold case” from 1979 goes to trial

October 18, 2014 - BUFALO, N.Y. - The DNA of the victim of a 1979 murder was found on the jacket of her estranged husband after the case was reopened for investigation in 2009. The trial had its first hearing on Friday. Defense attorney Paul Cambria argues that a fire in the evidence room and "a vast question about the handling" of the exhibits means the DNA evidence does not prove his client's guilt.


Audit: Grants police have been retaining evidence

 

October 10, 2014 - GRANTS, N.M. - A department-wide audit of the Grants Police Department revealed, among a number of operational issues, a "lack of supervision and accountability within the evidence room, and suggests there hasn't been a destruction of disposition order for evidence obtained since 2010." 

 
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