Ronald Gene Taylor was found guilty of rape in 1993. No semen was found by HPD Crime Lab on the sheet used as evidence, making the only evidence against him the eyewitness identification by the victim and the fact that he lived near by.
A recent test of the same sheet found that there was in fact semen on the sheet linking the rape to a sexual offender that is already serving time in a Texas prison.
Harris County District Attorney’s Office is working for Ronald Gene Taylor’s release now that this evidence has come to light.
413 cases were in need of review due to crime lab inaccuracies. Most defendants have not received any legal help, and in some cases defendants have not been informed that their cases involved crime lab inaccuracies. Continue reading
The Harris County Lawyers Association want a retired judge to review crime lab cases.
James K. Carpenter was relieved of duty (sent on vacation for six months) from the controlled substance lab on August 3 for not being able to produce evidence. The media release from HPD makes it sound like he’s been consuming the evidence.