AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state Forensic Science Commission has cleared the Austin police DNA crime lab of professional negligence and misconduct allegations.
The panel voted Friday to accept the findings of a panel absolving the lab of wrongdoing.
A police statement says an independent review by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors concurred with the Forensic Science Commission findings.
The lab had been the subject of two complaints. One was filed by an independent lab in Euless, near Dallas, that reached conclusions different from the police lab in a drug case. Another complaint came from a former analyst fired by the lab, who alleged improper shortcuts were taken during drug evidence testing.
An investigation by the FBI and state authorities eventually found no deficiencies in the lab's work.