Trial of Former Sheriff's Evidence Technician Begins in Washington

The trial of a woman accused of theft from the Clallam County (Washington) Sheriff's Office evidence room began Tuesday with suggestions from competing attorneys of greed, office infighting, a lack of supervisory oversight and support—and a cluttered, confusing evidence room.


Staci L. Allison, a former evidence technician who now lives in Montesano, was charged with first-degree theft and money laundering in the disappearance of more than $9,500, according to Assistant State Attorney General Scott Marlow during his opening statement Tuesday.

“The theme here, unfortunately, is one of greed, recognizing a weakness and taking advantage of that weakness,” Marlow said in his opening statement.

Previous reports said Allison was accused of stealing $8,644 from the sheriff's evidence room.

As much as $51,251 in cash was found missing from the evidence room in November 2006.

Allison was charged with the lesser amount because that's what prosecutors believed they could prove she took.

Today's testimony from prosecution witnesses will begin at 9 a.m. in Superior Court at the Clallam County Courthouse.

Allison was the evidence officer for the Sheriff's Office from 2003 through 2006 and was in charge of logging in, maintaining and returning or destroying evidence collected in criminal cases by sheriff's deputies and detectives.

Written by Arwyn Rice, Peninsula Daily News
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