A new state crime laboratory that will analyze evidence for Triad law-enforcement agencies is scheduled to open early next summer.
Currently, local authorities investigating crimes must send evidence they need analyzed to the main SBI crime lab in Raleigh. It often takes months for the results to come back, and that causes delays in the judicial process or even in the investigation itself.
But a new lab in Greensboro received approval from the legislature in this year's state budget. That lab will take evidence from law-enforcement agencies in 12 counties, as far west as Yadkin and Surry to Alamance in the east.
It will be North Carolina's second regional crime lab.
Attorney General Roy Cooper says officials will consider a third one in the eastern part of the state if they can find the right location.