TYLER, Texas (KTRK)- The Harris County District Attorney's office has dismissed 90 drug cases after a Precinct 4 deputy constable threw away evidence connected to pending cases.
Constable Mark Herman at the precinct said a deputy was cleaning out an evidence storage room and accidentally got rid of evidence.
According to Herman he immediately fired the deputy who had worked in the evidence room for 14 years. The deputy had no charges filed against him.
Now investigators are reviewing all reviewing cases from 2007 involving more than 25,000 pieces of evidence.
On Thursday, a judge dismissed a case against a man, Barry Johnson who plead guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison just two weeks before because of the evidence that was missing.
His attorney said that's something we cannot have in our judicial system. If evidence is destroyed, those cases need to be dismissed.
A DA spokesperson said the the prosecutor in the case did not know the evidence was gone at the time that Johnson entered the plea.
A St. Louis County jury found 54-year-old Michael Allen Carbo, Jr. guilty in the rape and murder of Nancy Daugherty 36 years ago. August 18, 2022 DULUTH, Minn. — Editor's note: The video above first a...
Where Do We Put Them? August 18, 2022 A business compliance operation conducted at 19 automotive businesses within the City of Perris resulted in the recovery of 448 catalytic converters and 15 c...
A CNN survey in 2018 found that police at dozens of agencies nationwide had trashed 400 rape kits in cases that could have been prosecuted. August 11, 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Gretchen Van Win...