Washington crime lab backlog delays investigations - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington crime lab backlog delays investigations

EVERETT, Wash. - A backlog at Washington State Patrol crime labs is holding up some Snohomish County cases, including police shootings.
     
State lab acting director Larry Hebert told The Everett Herald there's a shortage of qualified technicians.
     
At least three officer-involved shootings in Snohomish County await test results from state labs. They include the deputies killing men in May near Granite Falls and on New Years Eve in Bothell and a Mill Creek officer firing Saturday at a suspect on I-5 who was not hit.
     
Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says detectives have been told to expect delays of up to a year on ballistic evidence, but results can be speeded up for priority cases.

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