Evidence destroyed in unknown number of Colo. Springs cases
COLORADO SPRINGS – Evidence was accidentally destroyed in a sexual assault case and an unknown number of other cases in Colorado’s second-largest city, prosecutors said Friday.The sexual assault case was not affected, but police and prosecutors were still trying to determine the impact on other cases, said Lisa Kirkman, chief deputy district attorney for El Paso County.”In some cases it might be fatal, but I would guess in the majority it will not be,” she said.Kirkman said some of the other cases were active or unsolved but others were closed.The district attorney’s office said the evidence was destroyed because of a mistake by police department staff.Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Rafael Cintron did not immediately return a call.The problem came to light two or three weeks ago when prosecutors were preparing for trial in the assault case. Kirkman said the defendant pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors and the missing evidence did not hurt their case.
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