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Two Ex-High Ranking FBI Agents to Review North Carolina’s Crime Lab

N.C. Atty. General Roy Cooper/state photo
N.C. Atty. General Roy Cooper/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two ex-assistant directors of the FBI have been tasked with reviewing North Carolina’s crime lab, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office said.

The review by ex-FBI agents Chris Swecker and Mike Wolf comes in wake of “a groundbreaking exoneration of a man wrongly accused in a 1991 murder”, according to the Associated Press.

The North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered the review of “cases and practices from the early 1990s as well as current methods” after a judge exonerated Greg Taylor for the 1991 murder, AP reported.

Swecker, an attorney and North Carolina native, was formerly the FBI special agent in charge of the North Carolina office and later served as executive assistant director in charge of nine FBI divisions, including the science and forensic lab division, according to a press release issued by the North Carolina Attorney General.

Wolf, who has a masters degree in forensic science, is the former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Connecticut division and was assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, the press release said. He led an inspection team brought in to fix problems at the FBI crime lab in 1998-1999.

The Attorney General’s Office said the review “will run concurrently with the State Bureau of Investigation’s internal review of current practices and policies at the crime lab.”