03/30/2010

Errors lead to revised Ohio crime-site searches

Police officers are changing the way they search crime scenes

By Robert Vitale
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police will change the way they search crime scenes because of mistakes that kept a North Linden teen in jail for 18 months on wrongful charges that he killed his twin brother, Chief Walter Distelzweig said yesterday.

As the City Council approved a $950,000 settlement with Derris Lewis last night, Distelzweig again acknowledged a "communication breakdown" between detectives and crime-scene investigators that wasn't discovered until a retrial of Lewis was about to start in August.

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