Over Three Dozen Cases Possibly Affected By CDP Crime Lab Error

Aug 8, 2014

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs at March press conference, detailing crime lab mistake

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says at least 38 closed cases could be affected by a DNA-related mistake at the Columbus Police crime lab.

O'Brien says one convicted felon has already asked for a new trial based on the mistake. It involves DNA reports for criminal cases that were missing the statistical weight, which shows the probability the DNA belongs to a certain person.  Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs reported the mistake in March and said 3 thousand reports from July 2009 through last October would be reviewed.