Chron reports on years-long crime-lab backlog; Mayor White is concerned
Way back in April, we commented on Texas Watchdog's announcement they were bringing former Chronsters Steve McVicker (and Rosanna Ruiz) on board as follows:
We're looking forward to learning about more METRO deception and funny numbers, not to mention just how many thousand rape-test-kits are sitting in a (leaky?) closet somewhere still waiting to be analyzed several years after the Bromwich Report on the crime lab.
We haven't seen much Watchdogging Texas from McVicker*, but the Houston Chronicle finally got around to answering our question a couple of days ago:
Seven years after the Houston Police Department crime lab scandal first broke, city officials acknowledged this week that nearly 4,000 rape kits and other crime evidence remain untested for DNA.
According to HPD Crime Lab Director Irma Rios, that untested evidence stored in the property room includes a backlog of 1,048 active cases where police investigators have asked for DNA testing.
We're glad somebody finally decided to answer the question of whether the crime lab has cleared its backlog of cases. And we are glad Mayor Bill White told the Chronicle that he is concerned about the years-long backlog -- obviously it's been a priority for him!