DA: No criminal charges filed in case of mishandled evidence at WPD

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No criminal charges will be filed in a case of mishandled finger print evidence by a civilian crime scene technician at the Wilmington Police Department.

After reviewing some of the findings in the investigation conducted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the district attorney’s office has found no criminal wrongdoing in the case, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to District Attorney Ben David.

In July, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and District Attorney Ben David requested the SBI investigate allegations of mishandled evidence within the police department Crime Scene Investigative Unit, according to police spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

“The request came after an internal review of the agency’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit turned up several pieces of evidence that had not been properly cataloged,” Rawley said.

The Crime Scene Investigations Unit is responsible for processing and collecting evidence in criminal investigations. The incident involved finger prints that were not properly logged by a civilian employee, Rawley said.

Several weeks after the request, agents with the bureau have completed their investigation and are in the final stages of wrapping up the final report, according to SBI Special Agent Shannon O’Toole. But state investigators have been in communication with the District Attorney’s Office throughout the process, he added.

While the State’s investigation has been completed, the police department’s internal investigation is ongoing. No personnel action has been taken through the process, Rawley said.