State Patrol Investigating Former Cheney Crime Lab Manager
In addition to the original investigation conducted by the WSP Office of Professional Standards, Tarver ordered an internal management audit of the Cheney operation and requested that WSP Risk Management Division conduct a full evidence audit for the Cheney lab.
The State Patrol is notifying local prosecutors and the police agencies which submitted the cases identified in the investigation. The Washington State Forensic Investigations Council and Washington State Prosecutors were notified of the investigation, as was the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Laboratory Accreditation Board.
The cases involved in this investigation appear to be older ones, assigned to the manager while he worked as a front-line crime lab scientist.