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UPDATE: Washington State Patrol Crime Lab Manager Resigns After Misconduct Allegations

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CHENEY, Wash. - Officials with the Washington State Patrol say an employee at the state crime lab reported misconduct in January. That sparked a 3 month investigation in to the allegations. Bob Calkins WSP spokesman says former crime lab manager Kevin Fortney resigned from his post on April 11th.

Calkins says Fortney lied to his superiors saying case work was completed that actually was not. Officials with WSP say there are 5 cases where there is "proof" of the misconduct. Officials do not believe there are any wrongful convictions due to the alleged misconduct and that there are no instances where evidence was tampered with of falsified.

"We have no indication that there is a problem with actual evidence. This seems to be a trust issue with a supervisor." Calkins told KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus on Tuesday. Calkins would not go in to detail about the cases that involved mis conduct.

He says WSP is looking in to the possibility that there could be more than 5 instances. As a result of these allegations the state crime lab will receive two audits. Calkins says the lab will be audited by senior staff at the lab and the Washington State Patrol auditor.

Calkins says the audits will examine the way evidence is processed and handled. They will also take a look at all the pieces of evidence being housed at the lab. The audits Calkins says are meant to "find a way to have this not occur in the future."

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