Call For Full SBI Audit

There's a call for a full-scale audit of the SBI crime lab following a report last week raising concerns about blood evidence in hundreds of cases.

Eastern Carolina district attorney Seth Edwards, who represents Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties, and is the president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, is calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to commission an audit of the entire crime lab.

Also Friday, the director of the SBI named eight people to help search for a new director of the agency's crime lab.

Greg McLeod says that the group, of which Edwards is a member, will begin meeting in September to choose a new lab director. McLeod removed the previous director last week.

Another member of the advisory group is attorney Joe Cheshire, who has pushed for SBI changes.

At an innocence hearing in February, an SBI agent testified that analysts didn't always include all their blood test results in lab reports. That testimony led to an outside review of the crime lab's blood unit.

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