NC prosecutors say guilt clear in flagged cases

By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina prosecutors say there is no doubt that scores of people are guilty despite the use of questionable blood evidence in their cases.

The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys released its review of 147 cases Tuesday, saying each conviction has additional overwhelming evidence of guilt. That evidence includes confessions, eyewitnesses, ballistics, DNA or a combination.

District attorneys began their review last year after an analysis of the State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab found that officials improperly reported results from blood testing in some 200 cases. Attorney General Roy Cooper asked for the analysis after testimony by an SBI agent at the hearing of a man wrongly imprisoned nearly 17 years for a murder conviction.

That man, Greg Taylor, was exonerated and freed.

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