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NC crime lab forensic advisory board to meet

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 22 2013 06:37:40 AM CDT

People keeping close tabs on how North Carolina's state crime laboratory is operating after a stinging audit three years ago that found fault in blood-testing analysis say the lab has made great strides rebuilding confidence.

The General Assembly demanded lab changes in 2011 and created an advisory board of forensic experts which recommended new testing and qualifications for scientists who work there. The panel of experts is having its quarterly meeting Tuesday at the Raleigh lab.

The crime laboratory audit followed the release of a once-convicted murderer and called for the thorough examination of 190 criminal cases with similar blood testing issues. The audit covered cases from 1987 to 2003.

Advisory board chairman Peter Marone says the lab has received international accreditation and eligible scientists there have achieved independent certification.