A young man sits in jail for two years on murder charges connected to the shooting death of a 13-year-old Durham girl. The district attorney eventually drops the charges against Brandon Townsend, because it took so long to get test results on evidence sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab.
Not long after, Townsend is arrested for another murder in Chapel Hill. There’s no question, his right to a speedy trial was violated. But if Townsend is found guilty in the latest murder, his release came at quite a cost.
So, why did it take so long for the State Crime Lab to test the evidence?
In “Delayed Justice,” airing Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 7 p.m., WRAL’s Gerald Owens, Amanda Lamb, Cullen Browder and Laura Leslie, take a look at the crime lab and find out why financial resources and manpower are dreadfully behind the ever-growing case load.
The backlog is affecting the accused – both guilty and innocent – and public safety, in general, when those who do commit serious crimes are released back into society because evidence isn’t getting tested fast enough.
Thanks to WRAL.com for this capcom story & for these capcom photos.