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The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
"...Austin Police Department announced the shutdown of its DNA lab due to poorly trained staff and the use of..."

Dec. 2, 2016 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?
Rape case goes unprosecuted due to contaminated DNA evidence
"...rape responsible in part for shutting down Austin Police's crime lab was, until Tuesday, in custody in Harris County,..."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Crime Lab: Evidence of Improvement?
Audits on active forensic labs expected to begin before July's end
"...year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date procedures and unqualified analysts, department officials..."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Audits Ahead for APD Crime Labs
Forensics lab to onboard new director, plus SARRT letter
"...year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date procedures and unqualified analysts, department officials..."

July 17, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Justice for HPD Lab Victim?
Josiah Sutton waits on state leaders to clear his name
"...DNA testing conducted by the now-infamous and recently reorganized Houston Police Department crime lab. Although Sutton was exonerated and..."

April 16, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Brandon Moon latest Texan exonerated by new DNA evidence
"...After spending 17 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, former UT-El Paso student Brandon..."

Dec. 24, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Framing the Guilty?
Houston police thought they had their man – so the evidence was no problem
"...police officers near a Fuddruckers restaurant in far West Houston. The man was looking for his wife, whom he..."

Nov. 2, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
New claims of ineptitude put criminal convictions at risk
"...material has hit the fan again at the now-infamous Houston Police Department crime lab. In a report filed in..."

Aug. 13, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...on Harris Co. executions in the wake of the Houston crime-lab fiasco...."

Oct. 15, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Postcards From the Terrorists!
Be alert! People are taking pictures!
"...purpose. These images have been forwarded to the legendary Houston crime lab for analysis. The Chronicle has obtained exclusive..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Life in Prison for Hemp
José Peña brought some roadside weeds home from Kansas. Cops decided it was reefer, and a Texas court sentenced him to life in prison – without the evidence. It took a decade for Peña to get back some of the pieces of his life.
"...José Peña was tired as he drove south toward Houston on the morning of Sept. 27, 1998. Following a..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors
Plaintiffs cite longstanding malpractice by Austin, Travis County
"...Sally Hernandez, alleging that years of failures at APD’s crime lab and at the District Attorney’s Office have resulted..."

June 19, 2018 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Reasonable Doubt
Did misleading DNA analysis land an innocent man on death row?
"...presented eight days of evidence tying Perez to the crime scene. She exhibited photographs of Perez's fingerprints lifted from..."

April 29, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Without Evidence: Executing Frances Newton
Another Texas death row case marked by official carelessness, negligence, and intransigence
"...and two young children inside the family's apartment outside Houston on April 7, 1987, by shooting each of them,..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...after two years of effort, the APD Forensic Science Lab got its official certificate of accreditation from the American..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...NABCEP PV installer exam. The class costs $475 plus lab fees and runs Jan. 30-May 6, Mondays and Wednesdays,..."

Jan. 13, 2006 News Feature

Naked City
Tom Price joins calls for halt to Harris Co. executions
"...Co. defendants convicted based on evidence processed by the Houston Police crime lab, until questions about the work done..."

Oct. 29, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...more students to go to community college." Petitions are available for signing on ACC's Riverside campus, at Dolores Church,..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Double Jeopardy
The state of Texas jailed Cuban exile Carlos Lavernia for 16 years for a crime he did not commit. Now the INS might send him back to Cuba.
"...Carlos Lavernia, last year he was cleared of the crime that put him away for 16 years. The Travis..."

Feb. 23, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Forensics Under Fire
Apparently forensic science isn't so scientific after all – senators gathered recently to figure out what to do about it
"...report, to put it mildly, was not flattering. Forensic labs are underfunded, and many of the areas in which..."

Sept. 18, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Top 10 Law Enforcement/Public Safety Stories
Year in review for cops and firefighters
"...Association of Professional Firefighters with collective-bargaining rights in future labor negotiations with the city. The new negotiating scheme –..."

Jan. 7, 2005 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...State Sens. Rodney Ellis and John Whitmire, both D-Houston, and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt have all called..."

Oct. 8, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Perry, BPP admit Houston crime lab victim is actually innocent
"...One month after a Houston judge recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals..."

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

APD Asks City Council for Financial Help With DNA Testing
And more news from the dais
"...Since the Austin Police Department shuttered its flawed crime lab in 2016, two firms – local Signature Science..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
"...in which hair comparison analysis linking a defendant to crime scene evidence was provided by Federal Bureau of Investigation..."

Jan. 13, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

DPS Cocaine Dealer Sent to the Slammer
Crime lab analyst one of four imprisoned for stealing seized cocaine by swapping it for look-a-like blocks.
"...If you thought the Houston Police Department's crime lab was the only facility in..."

Feb. 18, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Norwood Trial: Breaking Down the DNA
Accused killer’s ex-wife takes the stand
"...Baker’s death were they briefed on a series of crimes committed months prior to the murder by her suspected..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Death Watch: Next Up, the Tourniquet Killer
Convicted strangler set for execution on Oct. 18
"...for a last minute stay on Wednesday, and the Houston killer will face execution next Wednesday, Oct. 18. Though..."

Oct. 13, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Criminal Justice: Innocence Is No Defense
There are several dozen criminal justice reforms under consideration, and a handful might actually be enacted.
"...and with few exceptions, that's where the discussion ended. Houston's Sen. Rodney Ellis and Rep. Harold Dutton have drafted..."

April 11, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is Death Unconstitutional?
Judge to consider whether Texas death penalty risks innocent lives
"...is facing the death penalty for a shooting in Houston that he says he did not commit. "The risks..."

Dec. 3, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

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