MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

AG Stein tours Western Regional Crime Laboratory

Attorney General Josh Stein walked through the Western Regional Crime Laboratory on Tuesday to highlight how the facility will help exonerate the innocent and bring justice to the guilty. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The state's newest crime lab is slated to open this summer in Henderson County.

Attorney General Josh Stein walked through the Western Regional Crime Laboratory on Tuesday and highlighted how the facility will help exonerate the innocent and bring justice to the guilty.

Analysts in this lab will do blood and urine tests for DWI and sexual assault cases, and forensic technicians will also test guns from crime scenes.

RELATED | Crime lab backlog leads to 8-month delay on rape kit DNA analysis

Stein said the goal is to expedite cases.

"Locating it in Western North Carolina means that when there's a crime scene in Cherokee or in Buncombe County, those deputies or police won't have to drive to Raleigh to have that evidence processed," Stein said.

The lab opens this summer with a staff of 41. Many scientists have been training at the state crime lab in Raleigh for the past two years with the plan to transfer to WNC.

Trending