Prince George’s Police Reviewing DNA Lab, Employee Suspended


Prince George's County police are reviewing the department's DNA lab after learning that an employee had accredited work at a Texas facility that later had to be shut down.

Authorities say the review has found DNA profiles that should have been entered into a national database, lags in notifying investigators of DNA profile matches, and outdated methods used to calculate the individuality of profiles.

Police Chief Hank Stawinski ordered the review in November, and the department suspended the employee, who also serves as a national accreditor in lab audits. Stawinski also has alerted six other law enforcement agencies audited by the employee to scrutinize their lab operations.

An attorney for Lynnett Redhead tells The Washington Post she is on paid leave but maintains that she did nothing inappropriate.

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