New crime lab DNA chief on board weeks ago, local media report

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Yesterday, KHOU-11 reported that the HPD crime lab had a new director for its DNA section:

The embattled HPD crime lab has a new leader for its DNA section.

A nationwide search for a manager for the DNA section of the lab ended close to home.

Dr. Vanessa Nelson used to work in DNA analysis at the Harris County Medical Examiners office. She was also a section supervisor at the DPS Crime lab.

Nelson has been on the job since Sept. 5.

The Chronicle reported the news today:

A former DNA analyst for the state and Harris County has been chosen to lead the Houston police crime lab’s DNA division, which is working to reopen after being shut down almost three years ago.

Vanessa Nelson, who most recently was a senior DNA analyst with the county Medical Examiner’s Office, assumed leadership of the DNA lab on Sept. 5, police officials said Wednesday. She is expected to oversee the reopening of the DNA division, the only section in the scandal-plagued crime lab that has not been accredited, possibly by the end of the year, officials said.

Why in the world did it take 23 days for HPD to announce and the local media to report this latest news about the HPD crime lab?


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