- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State experts have given up on retraining most of the staffers they were working with from the Austin Police Department’s shuttered crime lab.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials told the police department Monday they’d lost faith in most of the staffers they’d been working with. The one-page letter obtained by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV said only two people from a staff of six DNA analysts are invited to continue training.

The decision is the latest blow for the crime lab, which is facing wide-ranging fallout from an array of problems.

The police department shut down the crime lab in June amid revelations that the staff was not using commonly accepted practices for analyzing DNA evidence. The department has expressed a desire to get the lab operational again.


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