- Associated Press - Sunday, August 31, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia’s mayor says he will ask a City Council committee to study whether Columbia’s troubled crime lab should merge with Richland County’s lab.

New Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook closed the city’s lab more than a week ago because an audit found inconsistencies in a technician’s work and raised concerns about her training and methodology.

Mayor Steve Benjamin told local media outlets that he spoke to Holbrook and they decided to have the City Council’s public safety committee review if it would be a good idea to have the Richland County Sheriff’s crime lab take over the city lab. The sheriff’s lab is internationally accredited.

Prosecutors are currently reviewing if any evidence handled by the city lab will compromise criminal cases.

The committee will meet Wednesday.



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