Byrd appointed new director of NC state crime lab


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — John A. Byrd has been named the new director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory,

    Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Byrd’s appointment on Wednesday.

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    Byrd will begin in his new position on June 2. He is currently a forensic scientist manager at the crime lab with 20 years of experience in forensic biology, latent evidence and digital evidence.

    Byrd succeeds Joseph R. John, a retired appellate and trial court judge with 25 years of experience on the bench who served as acting and then permanent director of the crime lab for 3 1/2 years.

    The State Crime Lab analyzes crime scene evidence including digital evidence, drugs, DNA, firearms, fingerprints, hair and fibers. It operates a main facility in Raleigh and satellite labs in Asheville and Greensboro.

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