Houston police fingerprint review reveal no wrong IDs

A review of the Houston police fingerprint analysis unit by consultants found no wrong identification of suspects from 2004 to 2009.

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday, from a public records request, that a 1996 misidentification led to a person wrongly incarcerated in a capital murder investigation. A 1997 written reprimand to a lab worker did not list the identity of the person or status of the case.

The fingerprint examiner, Rafael Saldivar, retired this spring. Saldivar attorney Earl Musick declined comment.

Assistant Chief Tim Oettmeier said Tuesday he was unaware of the
misidentification and wants more information before deciding
whether to extend the review to 1990s cases.
A 2009 audit revealed some examiners were failing to find viable
fingerprints on evidence.


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