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Tuscaloosa County officials mulling forensics lab

Sgt. Phillips says having a local forensic lab could make criminal investigations more efficient and possibly speed up the prosecution process. (Photo: MGN Online) Sgt. Phillips says having a local forensic lab could make criminal investigations more efficient and possibly speed up the prosecution process. (Photo: MGN Online)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -

The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa County government leaders have been asked to assemble a panel to study the feasibility of launching a local forensic investigation lab.

Circuit Judge Jim Roberts tells the Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/1kzV6SV ) that delayed forensic reports in Alabama's criminal justice system leave prosecutors, victims and defendants waiting months and sometimes a year or more for information that could be pivotal in court. Roberts says the delays also leave inmates housed in county jail for longer than necessary, which increases costs to county taxpayers.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Sgt. Dale Phillips says having a local forensic lab could make criminal investigations more efficient and possibly speed up the prosecution process.

 

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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