Mistakes in Austin crime lab linked to 2,200 convictions

Around 2,200 convicted criminals will soon be notified by Travis County prosecutors that forensic evidence in their cases may have been flawed because of faulty testing at APD’s crime lab.

KVUE reported that officials will send out the first round of letters to 642 people with addresses that have recently been verified by prosecutors and investigators. They are pushing to notify the other 1,559 defendants in the coming days.

Although many of the recipients are in prison, some have already served their terms and been released.

Letters to those convicted of murder and sexual assault instruct them to reach out to the Capital Area Private Defender Service, which is expected to contract with the county to review the role of DNA in cases. Attorneys for the nonprofit will then determine if DNA evidence is grounds for an appeal.

Cases include convictions as recent as 2016 and date back to 2004.

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