DWI cases from four different Texas counties are being re-examined due to the inconsistent work of one of the state's leading forensic analysts. The courts have found that analyst Christopher Youngkin not only mixed up two different blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests in a 2013 case but also contradicted himself under oath.
As FOX 4 and Dallas News reports, Youngkin has been removed from all upcoming DWI cases and some of his lab work for past and pending cases will be reanalyzed. Since 2013, Youngkin was responsible for DWI blood tests originating in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Rockwall, Cook, Tarrant, and Grayson counties (only DWI blood tests from Collin, Denton, Dallas, and Rockwall counties, however, are being re-examined).
Scrutiny of Youngkin intensified last month when, during a hearing, the judge advised him to stop speaking out of concern that he was perjuring himself. According to attorneys close to the cases in question, Youngkin has given contradictory answers in different trials about his actions concerning the 2013 lab work mix-up.
New Acquittal & Re-examinations
The inquiry into Youngkin's work has already yielded one acquittal and more may be expected with the new forensic review underway. However, for some defense attorneys, re-testing Youngkin's work in the same Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) lab where he worked only exposed the retesting from a critical lack of oversight.
Prosecutors are now said to be in the process of notifying defendants whose cases are now included in the new review. If further issues are found with Youngkin’s work, it means that the chain of evidence against the accused has been tainted and more acquittals could be called for.
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