NC Removes Crime Lab Director Over Disputed Blood Analysis


North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has removed Robin Pendergraft, the state crime lab director he handpicked a decade ago, and halted the work of bloodstain pattern analysts whose methods have faced mounting criticism, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. “I want all the scientific disciplines [at the crime lab] to have the highest standards possible,” said Cooper, noting concerns with the blood-spatter analysis. “There will be a review of training, certification and standards before it’s reinstituted.”

The News & Observer began investigating the agency in March, prompted by the exoneration of Greg Taylor, who was wrongly convicted of murder. Taylor’s conviction was erased in part because agent Duane Deaver reported that a stain on Taylor’s truck was blood, even though he had performed tests that proved it wasn’t

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