Backlog at Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences could threaten speedy trial rights

The backlog has left some suspects waiting in prison for over a year without a trial, and further delays could lead suspected criminals to walk out of jail if speedy trials right are violated. In Colbert County, Micheal Logan has been charged with the capital murder of his 2-year-old son and has been incarcerated for over a year. He has not faced trial because the district attorney has not received the results of the child’s autopsy. The Colbert County DA attributes this backlog to a lack of funding for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

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