Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Duane Deaver Fired
Yesterday, the SBI crime lab fired Agent Duane Deaver--the agent at the center of the most egregious instances of hiding evidence.
Deaver's handiwork previously led to the wrongful conviction of Greg Taylor for 1st degree murder. Deaver hid evidence showing that "blood" found in Mr. Taylor's car was not blood. Judge Quentin Sumner, the chair of the Innocence Commission, previously order that a show cause hearing be held, to determine if Agent Deaver should be held in contempt for giving false testimony at that proceeding. To date, no contempt hearing has been held.
This comes after nearly a year of high profile press and a federal audit showing huge problems within the SBI blood lab.