23 Cases Bungled By Wa. State Crime Lab: Paper

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For the detective, it looked like a sure thing. The 58-year-old suspect with a prior sex-crime conviction had confessed to raping his young niece, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. DNA evidence from the 10-year-old girl's underwear would be the clincher. Charged with child rape, the road-crew worker faced up to 26 years in prison -- until authorities learned of startling test results coming out of the Washington State Patrol's Tacoma crime lab. The genetic evidence excluded the victim's uncle and pointed to an unknown man. Prosecutors offered a deal. The defendant . . .

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