Texas group asks DAs to stop using scent IDs

HOUSTON (AP) - The Innocence Project of Texas is calling on Texas prosecutors and the state's forensic science commission to ban the use of scent identification lineups, saying the technique has led to several false arrests.

The group, which tries to free the wrongly convicted, made its plea during a news conference Monday. The group released a report claiming there have been at least four cases in which innocent people were arrested following scent ID lineups conducted by a Fort Bend sheriff's deputy who trains dogs.

Curvis Bickham, one of the people the group says was falsely accused, told reporters his wrongful arrest for a triple homicide in Houston in late 2007 resulted in him losing his home.

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