Troubled SBI agent terminated

January 10, 2011 8:49:55 PM PST
An SBI agent whose handling of dozens of cases involving blood evidence has come under fire, has been terminated.N.C. Department of Justice Public Information Officer Noelle Talley tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that Duane Deaver employment with the agency was terminated on Friday.

Last year, Deaver had been placed on a 60-day leave while claims of faulty testing practices were investigated. He was later placed on administrative duty following an outside review of the SBI crime lab last year that flagged some 200 cases as improperly handled.

Some of the most egregious violations found during the inquest were linked to Deaver. In two of the cases, Deaver's final report on blood analyses said his tests "revealed the presence of blood" when his notes indicated negative results from follow-up tests.

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