D.A. considering reopening 6 prosecuted cases in New Hanover County area

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David announced Wednesday evening that his office will reconsider six prosecuted cases, due to recent news of lab reporting issues with the State Bureau of Investigation.

In a letter released Wednesday evening, David, who represents New Hanover and Pender Counties in the 5th District, says the approximately half dozen cases all occurred prior to 1995 and some of the defendants are still in custody.  David says he will not reveal which cases are under scrutiny during this review process.

[Click here to read the letter]

Late Wednesday, WECT obtained the list of cases subject to review.  Investigators studied more than a dozen cases from New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus & Bladen Counties as part of their review of the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said some cases may need to be reopened because an investigation found out state crime lab analysts omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence.  In all the investigation revealed 190 flawed cases, including the death of Michael Jordan's father near Lumberton in 1993 and former Laney High School senior Danny Pence..

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